Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago reacts after the Men's 400m Hurdles final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 (Getty Images)
Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago reacts after the Men's 400m Hurdles final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Trinidad And Tobago Trinidad And Tobago
  • DATE OF BIRTH 15 DEC 1991

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Updated 08 August 2013

 

Jehue GORDON, Trinidad and Tobago (400m/110H/400H/4x400m)

Born: 15 December 1991, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Lives: Maraval, Trinidad

1.90m/77kg

Coaches: Dr Ian Hypolite, Edwin Skinner

Manager: Emanuel Hudson

Spectators at the Olympic Stadium, in Berlin, Germany stood in awe at the end of the 2009 World Championship men’s 400 metres hurdles final. American Kerron Clement had successfully defended his title, but that was not the reason so many jaws dropped.

A 17-year-old from the small village of Maraval, in Trinidad and Tobago, had matched strides with the finest one-lap hurdlers in the world, and at the end of the race was within a whisker of climbing the rostrum.

 Finishing fourth at the Worlds is Jehue Gordon’s biggest achievement on the track...so far. On that memorable day, in August 2009, he beat one of his idols, 2004 Olympic champion Felix Sanchez.

 “I was shocked at first. After the race, I realised...’shucks, I beat Felix Sanchez’. It was a really nice experience, seeing that the training actually paid off.”

Gordon was not alone in his disbelief. The athletics world was shocked as well.

In Moncton, Canada, however, he found himself in an entirely different situation. Gordon was the overwhelming favourite for 400 metres hurdles gold at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

At the 2008 World Juniors meet, in Bydgoszcz, Poland, he went out in the semi-final round.

“The first time I made World Juniors I had to come up against some rough guys - Johnny Dutch, [eventual champion] Jeshua Anderson, Amaurys Valle from Cuba. I’ve been watching back on the majority of World Juniors. Normally, people who just missed out on making the finals their first year, their second time around they normally come and attain the gold medal. The gold is the focus for me.”

A confident Gordon achieved his golden goal, the T&T athlete securing the 2010 world junior title in 49.30 seconds.

Gordon’s confidence should not be mistaken for arrogance. Though taller than most adults around him, he’s respectful, calling the men “sir” and the women “miss”. And though he was the talk of the town in Berlin, in 2009, Gordon remains humble. He’s just one of the boys following an arduous training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, enjoying some playful banter with sprinter Emmanuel Callender.

Gordon has nothing but praise for Callender, an Olympic and World Championship sprint relay silver medallist. “He was my roommate in Berlin, and he brought all the positivity around me. Positive thoughts bring positive actions.”

Gordon is pursuing athletics as a full-time profession, opting to skip the American collegiate route. But though he is represented by HSInternational principal, Emanuel Hudson, the talented hurdler continues to train in T&T under the watchful eyes of Dr Ian Hypolite and Edwin Skinner, his coaches at the Memphis Pioneers athletics club.

Though Gordon is also quite capable in the 110 metres hurdles, he does not plan to pay too much attention to that event. “I see myself being a specialist in the 400 hurdles. I do 800 for strength and the 400 to get the speed for the 400 hurdles. The sprint hurdles? Maybe training, but not really competitive.”

When he’s not on the track wowing the world, Gordon is a regular guy. “I love to play video games,” he says, while munching on a pack of smoked almonds. “I love to play table tennis.”

Table tennis? Having played the sport competitively I feel comfortable throwing out a challenge to young Jehue Augustus Gordon. His response is full of humility. “I don’t feel I could take you because I’m not professional. It’s just something that I like to do.”

But Gordon is so gifted that challenging him in any sport could prove to be folly. In fact, had it not been for a clash of competitions, Gordon might well be a West Indies cricketer today, and not a world class one-lap hurdler.

The best young athletes in the Caribbean are on show every year at the Carifta Games. The Trinidad and Tobago team is selected after a two-day meet known as Carifta trials. In 2006, Gordon was entered in that meet, and was also among a group of young cricketers shortlisted for national duty at a regional age-group tournament.

“The cricket trial was in the afternoon and Carifta trials in the morning. I didn’t make it at Carifta trials. That year I tried out for the long jump, I tried out for the 400 and the 800. I hurried to cricket trials in the afternoon but I was too late. I didn’t make any of the teams, and seeing that I was ranked in the top two in track and field but I just wasn’t running the times as yet, I stayed on the path.”

Track and field’s gain was cricket’s loss, for Gordon was a budding allrounder with the physical attributes to excel. “I used to go in the batting about three or four down. I was like the big-hitter in the game.” And in the bowling department, he says he was “very fast”.

“Starting to lenghthen out, get much taller, and everyone was still much shorter. With the speed from track and field training on and off and the football, that helped me a lot in the cricket.”

Fans of athletics would be grateful that fate pushed Gordon away from cricket. In 2009, they witnessed his fourth-place finish at the World Championships in a personal best 48.26 seconds.

A surprise finalist in Berlin, 17-year-old Gordon came off the final turn in contention for a medal, eventually missing out on bronze by just three-hundredths of a second. After that performance, I’m not putting any limits on what he can achieve whenever he sets foot on a track.

And now, four years later, his fans will be watching closely to see if the 21-year-old can improve on that performance, and climb the podium at the 2013 World Championships, in Moscow, Russia.

In October 2010, Gordon had foot surgery, which set back his preparations for the 2011 season. However, he looked to be fully recovered at Trinidad and Tobago’s national championships, in mid-August, winning in 48.75 seconds. But at the World Championships, in Daegu, Korea, some two weeks later, the T&T hurdler exited in the semis, his 49.08 seconds clocking unable to earn him a “fastest loser” lane in the final.

Gordon made his Olympic debut in London, England, last year, finishing sixth in the final in 48.86 seconds. His best showing, though, came in the semi-final round, the T&T hurdler producing a national record run of 47.96 seconds to finish second in his heat.

In Berlin, Gordon was unknown. But that was not the case in London. By the time the Olympics came around, the entire track and field world knew of Gordon and his immense potential. The BBC even featured him in “World Olympic Dreams”, a series that followed the journeys of 26 athletes on the Road to London.

Gordon established his title credentials, ahead of the Moscow Worlds, with his first-ever IAAF Diamond League victory, when he got to the line in 48 seconds flat to top the field in Monaco. The clocking – the second fastest of his career – earned Gordon second spot on the 2013 world performance list, behind American champion Michael Tinsley (47.96).

Before his 48.00 seconds run, Gordon’s fastest clocking in 2013 was 49.02. If there is further improvement in Moscow, and by a similar increment, jaws will again drop.

But while Gordon has the goods to do amazing things, he remains level-headed, demonstrating a clear understanding of why he has been able to achieve excellence.

“First things first. God, for giving me the health and the strength, for giving me the talent. My parents [Vincent Gordon and Marcella Woods] for always being there in the times that I’ve been down, the times I’ve been injured. And my coaches for the good management and support they’ve given to me.”

In addition to the positive influences in his life, Gordon is driven from within, his determination to succeed fuelled by what he sees day in, day out in Papyia, Maraval.

“People in my area, they go astray easily. They’re always on the road, following friends, smoking…all the stuff that they shouldn’t be doing. For me, I basically stayed out of this from very young. I just continued to stay inside, do my work, train hard. From training, back home, rest. It just drives me to be seeing my friends and some of my family out on the road. They lose their life very easily. And I don’t want to make that mistake.”

 

Personal Bests

400: 46.43 (2010)

110H: 13.82 (2012)

400H: 47.96 (2012)

 

Yearly Progression

400m/110H/400H: 2008:48.83/-/51.39; 2009:46.73/-/48.26; 2010:46.43/13.88/48.47; 2011: 47.12/-/48.66; 2012: 46.79/13.82/47.96; 2013: 46.99/-/48.00

 

Career Highlights

2008

3rd

(400H)

Carifta Games U20 (Basseterre)

53.18

2008

SF

(400H)

World Junior Championships (Bydgoszcz)

52.26

2009

1st

(110hH)

Carifta Games U20 (Vieux-Fort)

13.86

2009

1st

(400H)

Carifta Games U20 (Vieux-Fort)

50.01

2009

1st

(4x400m)

Carifta Games U20 (Vieux-Fort)

3:10.20

2009

3rd

(400H)

CAC* Championships (Havana)

49.45

2009

6th

(4x400m)

CAC* Championships (Havana)

3:05.17

2009

2nd

(400H)

Pan Am Junior Championships (Port-of-Spain)

50.08

2009

2nd

(4x400m)

Pan Am Junior Championships (Port-of-Spain)

3:07.70

2009

4th

(400H)

World Championships (Berlin)

48.26

2010

1st

(110H)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)

13.41

2010

1st

(400H)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)

49.76

2010

3rd

(4x400m)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)

3:11.79

2010

1st

(400H)

CAC* Junior Championships U20 (Santo Domingo)

50.26

2010

1st

(4x400m)

CAC* Junior Championships U20 (Santo Domingo)

3:08.19

2010

1st

(400H)

World Junior Championships (Moncton)

49.30

2011

SF

(400H)

World Championships (Daegu)

49.08

2011

3rd

(400H)

CAC* Championships (Mayaguez)

50.10

2012

6th

(400H)

Olympic Games (London)

48.86

 

CAC* = Central American & Caribbean

 

Prepared by Kwame Laurence for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2010-2013

 

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
400 Metres 46.43 Marabella, TTO 29 MAY 2010
600 Metres 1:19.74 Port of Spain 09 JAN 2010
800 Metres 1:53.32 01 JAN 2010
110m Hurdles (99.0cm) 13.41 +1.3 George Town 05 APR 2010
110 Metres Hurdles 13.81 Port of Spain 01 APR 2012
400 Metres Hurdles 47.69 Moskva (Luzhniki) 15 AUG 2013
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
400 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 47.12 Port of Spain 31 JUL
2010 46.43 Marabella, TTO 29 MAY
2009 46.73 Port of Spain 25 JUL
600 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 1:19.74 Port of Spain 09 JAN
800 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 1:53.94 Marabella, TTO 15 MAY
2010 1:53.32 01 JAN
110m Hurdles (99.0cm) Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2010 13.41 +1.3 George Town 05 APR
2009 13.86 +0.7 Vieux Fort, LCA 13 APR
110 Metres Hurdles Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2012 13.81 Port of Spain 01 APR
400 Metres Hurdles Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 48.75 Glasgow (Hampden Park) 31 JUL
2013 47.69 Moskva (Luzhniki) 15 AUG
2012 47.96 London (OP) 04 AUG
2011 48.66 Berlin 11 SEP
2010 48.47 Ponce 08 MAY
2009 48.26 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 18 AUG
2008 51.39 Port of Spain 22 JUN
Honours - 400 Metres Hurdles
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
14th IAAF World Championships 1 47.69 Moskva (Luzhniki) 15 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 6 48.86 London (OP) 06 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 3sf2 49.08 Daegu 30 AUG 2011
13th IAAF World Junior Championships 1 49.30 Moncton 23 JUL 2010
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 4 48.26 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 18 AUG 2009
12th IAAF World Junior Championships 5sf3 52.26 Bydgoszcz 10 JUL 2008

Focus on Athletes biographies are produced by the IAAF Communications Dept, and not by the IAAF Statistics and Documentation Division. If you have any enquiries concerning the information, please use the Contact IAAF page, selecting ‘Focus on Athletes Biographies’ in the drop down menu of contact area options.


Updated 08 August 2013

 

Jehue GORDON, Trinidad and Tobago (400m/110H/400H/4x400m)

Born: 15 December 1991, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Lives: Maraval, Trinidad

1.90m/77kg

Coaches: Dr Ian Hypolite, Edwin Skinner

Manager: Emanuel Hudson

Spectators at the Olympic Stadium, in Berlin, Germany stood in awe at the end of the 2009 World Championship men’s 400 metres hurdles final. American Kerron Clement had successfully defended his title, but that was not the reason so many jaws dropped.

A 17-year-old from the small village of Maraval, in Trinidad and Tobago, had matched strides with the finest one-lap hurdlers in the world, and at the end of the race was within a whisker of climbing the rostrum.

 Finishing fourth at the Worlds is Jehue Gordon’s biggest achievement on the track...so far. On that memorable day, in August 2009, he beat one of his idols, 2004 Olympic champion Felix Sanchez.

 “I was shocked at first. After the race, I realised...’shucks, I beat Felix Sanchez’. It was a really nice experience, seeing that the training actually paid off.”

Gordon was not alone in his disbelief. The athletics world was shocked as well.

In Moncton, Canada, however, he found himself in an entirely different situation. Gordon was the overwhelming favourite for 400 metres hurdles gold at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

At the 2008 World Juniors meet, in Bydgoszcz, Poland, he went out in the semi-final round.

“The first time I made World Juniors I had to come up against some rough guys - Johnny Dutch, [eventual champion] Jeshua Anderson, Amaurys Valle from Cuba. I’ve been watching back on the majority of World Juniors. Normally, people who just missed out on making the finals their first year, their second time around they normally come and attain the gold medal. The gold is the focus for me.”

A confident Gordon achieved his golden goal, the T&T athlete securing the 2010 world junior title in 49.30 seconds.

Gordon’s confidence should not be mistaken for arrogance. Though taller than most adults around him, he’s respectful, calling the men “sir” and the women “miss”. And though he was the talk of the town in Berlin, in 2009, Gordon remains humble. He’s just one of the boys following an arduous training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, enjoying some playful banter with sprinter Emmanuel Callender.

Gordon has nothing but praise for Callender, an Olympic and World Championship sprint relay silver medallist. “He was my roommate in Berlin, and he brought all the positivity around me. Positive thoughts bring positive actions.”

Gordon is pursuing athletics as a full-time profession, opting to skip the American collegiate route. But though he is represented by HSInternational principal, Emanuel Hudson, the talented hurdler continues to train in T&T under the watchful eyes of Dr Ian Hypolite and Edwin Skinner, his coaches at the Memphis Pioneers athletics club.

Though Gordon is also quite capable in the 110 metres hurdles, he does not plan to pay too much attention to that event. “I see myself being a specialist in the 400 hurdles. I do 800 for strength and the 400 to get the speed for the 400 hurdles. The sprint hurdles? Maybe training, but not really competitive.”

When he’s not on the track wowing the world, Gordon is a regular guy. “I love to play video games,” he says, while munching on a pack of smoked almonds. “I love to play table tennis.”

Table tennis? Having played the sport competitively I feel comfortable throwing out a challenge to young Jehue Augustus Gordon. His response is full of humility. “I don’t feel I could take you because I’m not professional. It’s just something that I like to do.”

But Gordon is so gifted that challenging him in any sport could prove to be folly. In fact, had it not been for a clash of competitions, Gordon might well be a West Indies cricketer today, and not a world class one-lap hurdler.

The best young athletes in the Caribbean are on show every year at the Carifta Games. The Trinidad and Tobago team is selected after a two-day meet known as Carifta trials. In 2006, Gordon was entered in that meet, and was also among a group of young cricketers shortlisted for national duty at a regional age-group tournament.

“The cricket trial was in the afternoon and Carifta trials in the morning. I didn’t make it at Carifta trials. That year I tried out for the long jump, I tried out for the 400 and the 800. I hurried to cricket trials in the afternoon but I was too late. I didn’t make any of the teams, and seeing that I was ranked in the top two in track and field but I just wasn’t running the times as yet, I stayed on the path.”

Track and field’s gain was cricket’s loss, for Gordon was a budding allrounder with the physical attributes to excel. “I used to go in the batting about three or four down. I was like the big-hitter in the game.” And in the bowling department, he says he was “very fast”.

“Starting to lenghthen out, get much taller, and everyone was still much shorter. With the speed from track and field training on and off and the football, that helped me a lot in the cricket.”

Fans of athletics would be grateful that fate pushed Gordon away from cricket. In 2009, they witnessed his fourth-place finish at the World Championships in a personal best 48.26 seconds.

A surprise finalist in Berlin, 17-year-old Gordon came off the final turn in contention for a medal, eventually missing out on bronze by just three-hundredths of a second. After that performance, I’m not putting any limits on what he can achieve whenever he sets foot on a track.

And now, four years later, his fans will be watching closely to see if the 21-year-old can improve on that performance, and climb the podium at the 2013 World Championships, in Moscow, Russia.

In October 2010, Gordon had foot surgery, which set back his preparations for the 2011 season. However, he looked to be fully recovered at Trinidad and Tobago’s national championships, in mid-August, winning in 48.75 seconds. But at the World Championships, in Daegu, Korea, some two weeks later, the T&T hurdler exited in the semis, his 49.08 seconds clocking unable to earn him a “fastest loser” lane in the final.

Gordon made his Olympic debut in London, England, last year, finishing sixth in the final in 48.86 seconds. His best showing, though, came in the semi-final round, the T&T hurdler producing a national record run of 47.96 seconds to finish second in his heat.

In Berlin, Gordon was unknown. But that was not the case in London. By the time the Olympics came around, the entire track and field world knew of Gordon and his immense potential. The BBC even featured him in “World Olympic Dreams”, a series that followed the journeys of 26 athletes on the Road to London.

Gordon established his title credentials, ahead of the Moscow Worlds, with his first-ever IAAF Diamond League victory, when he got to the line in 48 seconds flat to top the field in Monaco. The clocking – the second fastest of his career – earned Gordon second spot on the 2013 world performance list, behind American champion Michael Tinsley (47.96).

Before his 48.00 seconds run, Gordon’s fastest clocking in 2013 was 49.02. If there is further improvement in Moscow, and by a similar increment, jaws will again drop.

But while Gordon has the goods to do amazing things, he remains level-headed, demonstrating a clear understanding of why he has been able to achieve excellence.

“First things first. God, for giving me the health and the strength, for giving me the talent. My parents [Vincent Gordon and Marcella Woods] for always being there in the times that I’ve been down, the times I’ve been injured. And my coaches for the good management and support they’ve given to me.”

In addition to the positive influences in his life, Gordon is driven from within, his determination to succeed fuelled by what he sees day in, day out in Papyia, Maraval.

“People in my area, they go astray easily. They’re always on the road, following friends, smoking…all the stuff that they shouldn’t be doing. For me, I basically stayed out of this from very young. I just continued to stay inside, do my work, train hard. From training, back home, rest. It just drives me to be seeing my friends and some of my family out on the road. They lose their life very easily. And I don’t want to make that mistake.”

 

Personal Bests

400: 46.43 (2010)

110H: 13.82 (2012)

400H: 47.96 (2012)

 

Yearly Progression

400m/110H/400H: 2008:48.83/-/51.39; 2009:46.73/-/48.26; 2010:46.43/13.88/48.47; 2011: 47.12/-/48.66; 2012: 46.79/13.82/47.96; 2013: 46.99/-/48.00

 

Career Highlights

2008

3rd

(400H)

Carifta Games U20 (Basseterre)

53.18

2008

SF

(400H)

World Junior Championships (Bydgoszcz)

52.26

2009

1st

(110hH)

Carifta Games U20 (Vieux-Fort)

13.86

2009

1st

(400H)

Carifta Games U20 (Vieux-Fort)

50.01

2009

1st

(4x400m)

Carifta Games U20 (Vieux-Fort)

3:10.20

2009

3rd

(400H)

CAC* Championships (Havana)

49.45

2009

6th

(4x400m)

CAC* Championships (Havana)

3:05.17

2009

2nd

(400H)

Pan Am Junior Championships (Port-of-Spain)

50.08

2009

2nd

(4x400m)

Pan Am Junior Championships (Port-of-Spain)

3:07.70

2009

4th

(400H)

World Championships (Berlin)

48.26

2010

1st

(110H)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)

13.41

2010

1st

(400H)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)

49.76

2010

3rd

(4x400m)

Carifta Games U20 (George Town)

3:11.79

2010

1st

(400H)

CAC* Junior Championships U20 (Santo Domingo)

50.26

2010

1st

(4x400m)

CAC* Junior Championships U20 (Santo Domingo)

3:08.19

2010

1st

(400H)

World Junior Championships (Moncton)

49.30

2011

SF

(400H)

World Championships (Daegu)

49.08

2011

3rd

(400H)

CAC* Championships (Mayaguez)

50.10

2012

6th

(400H)

Olympic Games (London)

48.86

 

CAC* = Central American & Caribbean

 

Prepared by Kwame Laurence for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2010-2013