Rondell BARTHOLOMEW

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Grenada Grenada
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    07 APR 1990
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    240830
Grenadian 400m runner Rondell Bartholomew (Getty images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 10.42 +1.6 El Paso, TX (USA) 26 MAR 2011
200 Metres 20.95 -0.5 Lubbock, TX (USA) 10 APR 2010
200 Metres 20.48 * +2.7 Hutchinson, KS (USA) 21 MAY 2011
400 Metres 44.65 Lubbock, TX (USA) 02 APR 2011
800 Metres 1:51.25 Levelland, TX (USA) 07 MAY 2011
4x100 Metres Relay 40.00 Austin, TX (USA) 09 APR 2011
4x400 Metres Relay 3:03.74 Austin, TX (USA) 03 APR 2010

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 21.51 Birmingham, AL (USA) 04 FEB 2018
300 Metres 33.88 Birmingham, AL (USA) 13 JAN 2017
400 Metres 45.84 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 11 FEB 2011
4x400 Metres Relay 3:05.14 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 12 FEB 2011

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 21.51 Birmingham, AL (USA) 04 FEB 2018

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2017 10.56 NWI Basse-Terre (SKN) 18 JUN 2017
2011 10.42 +1.6 El Paso, TX (USA) 26 MAR 2011
2010 10.78 -2.6 Stephenville, TX (USA) 11 MAR 2010
2009 10.63 St. George's (GRN) 01 APR 2009

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2017 21.35 +0.1 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 25 JUN 2017
2016 21.35 +1.4 San Marcos, TX (USA) 17 JUN 2016
2015 21.82 +0.5 Austin, TX (USA) 11 APR 2015
2011 21.00 +1.1 El Paso, TX (USA) 16 APR 2011
2010 20.95 -0.5 Lubbock, TX (USA) 10 APR 2010
2009 21.09 St. George's (GRN) 02 APR 2009

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017 47.14 St. George's (GRN) 08 APR 2017
2016 46.95 Atlanta, GA (USA) 29 MAY 2016
2013 47.74 Lubbock, TX (USA) 25 APR 2013
2012 47.84 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 23 JUN 2012
2011 44.65 Lubbock, TX (USA) 02 APR 2011
2010 45.28 Waco, TX (USA) 17 APR 2010
2009 45.58 Vieux-Fort (LCA) 13 APR 2009
2008 46.86 Basse-Terre (SKN) 22 MAR 2008

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 1:51.25 Levelland, TX (USA) 07 MAY 2011

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2011 40.00 Austin, TX (USA) 09 APR 2011
2010 40.06 Lubbock, TX (USA) 10 APR 2010

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2012 3:13.78 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 24 JUN 2012
2011 3:04.27 Mayagüez (PUR) 17 JUL 2011
2010 3:03.74 Austin, TX (USA) 03 APR 2010

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017/18 21.51 Birmingham, AL (USA) 04 FEB 2018

Indoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 33.88 Birmingham, AL (USA) 13 JAN 2017

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010/11 45.84 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 11 FEB 2011

Indoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2010/11 3:05.14 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 12 FEB 2011

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. 400 Metres 45.45 Daegu (KOR) 30 AUG 2011
Results in:

200 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
04 FEB 2018 Birmingham South Alabama Jaguar Inv. USAUSA F F1 2. 21.51


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Updated 11 August 2011


Rondell BARTHOLOMEW, Grenada (200m, 400m)

Born: 07 April 1990, St Patrick, Grenada

Lives: Levelland, Texas, USA

1.92m/76kg

Coach: Blaine Wiley

Manager: Mark Wetmore


Rondell Bartholomew’s first ever sub-45 clocking came as a huge surprise.

The Grenadian quarter-miler is an emerging star in the men’s 400 metres event, and went into the 2011 season with a personal best of 45.28 seconds. A 44-point clocking, therefore, was on the cards. What was surprising was that he managed to dive under 45 seconds in his season opener.

On April 2, at the Texas Tech Open, in Texas, USA, Bartholomew clocked 44.65 seconds to shoot to the top of the 2011 world performance list. And he did it with absolutely no competition, the runner-up finishing more than two seconds back, in 46.85.

Bartholomew, who was just 20 when he clocked 44.65, admits to being surprised by the world leading run. He’s convinced, though, it won’t be the last time he creates a stir.

“With the right work I can run a lot faster.”

Five days after his Texas Tech scorcher, Bartholomew celebrated his 21st birthday. He plans to do some more celebrating at the World Championships, in Daegu, Korea. His goal is “to win the gold medal”.

“Just making the finals is not really achieving anything. You always got to aim higher.”

Bartholomew made his professional debut on June 11, at the adidas Grand Prix Samsung Diamond League meet, in New York, USA. It was evident at that meet that he’s ready to battle with the big boys.

Bartholomew finished third in 45.17 seconds – the second fastest time of his career. Among the quarter-milers he beat to the line were Bahamian Chris Brown – the reigning World indoor champion – and Trinidad and Tobago’s 2009 World Championships bronze medallist, Renny Quow.

When Bartholomew produced his superb 44.65 seconds run in Texas, he did not expect to still be the world leader four months later. He was eventually nudged out of the top spot on August 5 by fellow Grenadian Kirani James, the 18-year-old phenom clocking 44.61 to win at the Aviva London Grand Prix Samsung Diamond League meet, in London, England.

“It is true we are a small island, but we have very talented people,” Bartholomew declares.

Grenada, a tiny southeastern Caribbean island with a population of just 104,000, can now boast of having two of the best quarter-milers in the world.

Bartholomew and James are building on a solid foundation laid by Alleyne Francique.

Francique put Grenada on the map with World indoor titles in the men’s 400 metres event in 2004 and 2006. But his best finish at the outdoor World Championships is sixth, at the 2001 edition of the meet, in Edmonton, Canada and he also boasts a fourth place finish at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.


So, the race is on, between Bartholomew and James, to become the first Grenadian to earn precious metal at the World Outdoor Championships.

And then, in 2012, the world will witness the race to become Grenada’s first ever Olympic medallist. Bartholomew has big dreams for the London Games.

“To go and win, and to run an amazing time.”


Betting against Bartholomew might not be the wisest move. So far, he has proven to be a young man who achieves his goals. In early April, he attained his sub-45 goal. His next target is Daegu gold.

But while Bartholomew is determined to realise his full potential on the track, he also has a spiritual focus. In fact, he says his biggest accomplishment to date is “achieving my goals and meeting God along the way.”

The profile picture on Bartholomew’s Facebook page is a clear indication of his Godly focus. The image of Jesus, looking heavenward with his hands clasped in prayer tells the story of a man who relies on God in the pursuit of his goals.

Bartholomew says his biggest disappointment is “not being able to put it together when it matters”. That statement reflects an understanding of his own humanness, and the need to rely on a greater power.

While many young athletes have idols in the sport – big-name performers who inspire them – Bartholomew does not. A brother and an uncle are his idols.


And the young man from the parish of St Patrick, in north Grenada, says his mother, Charlene Bartholomew, has “played a big role in my life and my track and field career”. She is one of the people who encouraged him early on.


Bartholomew says he first got involved in track and field at high school. He realised he was good at it “at the age of 14 or 15”.

Bartholomew was just 17 when he whipped his regional rivals to be crowned boys’ under-20 400 metres champion at the 2008 Carifta Games, in Basseterre, St Kitts. His winning time, 46.86 seconds, was a personal record (PR) at the time.

Bartholomew sliced a big chunk off of his PR in the 2009 Carifta Games final, the talented teen completing his one lap of the track in an impressive 45.58 seconds.

Amazingly, the clocking was not good enough for Bartholomew to make a successful defence of his title. He was beaten to the line by 16-year-old James, the younger Grenadian clocking 45.45 to lead a one-two finish for his country.


With the Bartholomew/James rivalry likely to continue for many years, track and field fans are in for an extended treat.


Bartholomew is also a fan of the sport.

“I'm a fan because I love the sport. I don't go to (meets) focused on just my event. There are other runners that have worked hard to get where they are.”

Bartholomew also has a passion for football, and earlier in his life considered pursuing it seriously. But with track and field taking centre stage, there’s no time for football in Bartholomew’s schedule.

“None at all. I can’t do two things at the same time.”

With such a singular focus, there’s no telling what Rondell Shawn Bartholomew can achieve on the track.


Personal Bests

200: 20.95 (2010)

400: 44.65 (2011)


Yearly Progression

200/400: 2008: 21.61/46.86; 2009: 21.09/45.58; 2010: 20.95/45.28; 2011: 21.00A, 20.48w/44.65


Career Highlights

2008  1st   Carifta Games U20 (Basseterre)  (400)   46.86

2008   sf     World Junior Championships (Bydgoszcz  (400)     47.60

2008  6th     Commonwealth Youth Games U19 (Pune)  (400)    48.21

2009   2nd   Carifta Games U20 (Vieux-Fort)   (400)    45.58

2009     3rd     Pan Am Junior Championships (Port-of-Spain)  (400)    46.61

2009   5th     Pan Am Junior Championships (Port-of-Spain) (4x400)    3:11.91

2009   heats  World Championships (Berlin)   (400)     46.85

2011     5th     CAC* Championships (Mayaguez)   (4x400)    3:04.27


* CAC = Central American & Caribbean


Prepared by Kwame Laurence for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2011


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