Thursday 26 November, 2020

SPECIAL MOMENT: Damion Thomas’ big run at the 2018 junior trials

Damion Thomas after winning the 110m hurdles gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in  Tampere, Finland on July 12, 2018.

Damion Thomas after winning the 110m hurdles gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on July 12, 2018.

Damion Thomas’ World Under-20 record-equalling run in the 110m hurdles on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Jamaican Junior Championships was special.

The performance was the highlight of the championships.

The fair-sized crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston cheered when the winning time of 12.99 (0.3m/s) flashed up on the scoreboard.  Thomas joins Frenchman Wilhem Belocian as the only Under-20 athletes to better the 13-second barrier for the 110m hurdles (99cm height). The record still stands.

Belocian achieved the record at the IAAF Junior World Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in 2014.

The time was also a new national junior record and a new personal best for Thomas, who became the second junior hurdler to dip below 13 seconds.  The previous national junior record was held by Tyler Mason, who recorded 13.06 seconds to finish second behind Belocian at the IAAF Junior World Track & Field Championships.

Thomas crossed the line ahead of the Calabar High School pair of Orlando Bennett (13.00), also a new personal best, and the big favourite Dejour Russell (13.26).

“All year I’ve been doing college hurdles at 42 inches so to come back down to 39 inches was way easier for me,” said the Louisianna State University student after the race.

“The record is something I had my eyes on since I started hurdling. I remember sitting at home watching the French guy break the record and for me to equal it before the World Juniors is a happy moment for me."

 

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