Trinidad & Tobago Secondary Schools'
Track & Field Association
Jehue Gordon-new home
T&T's 2013 World men's 400m hurdles champion Jehue Gordon at his new home in Maracas, St. Joseph. Gordon received the keys to the house on Tuesday, November, 15 from Housing Minister Randal Mitchell.
(Photo courtesy-Jehue Gordon)
Former World men's 400m hurdles Champion Jehue Gordon (Belmont Boys Sec/Queen's Royal College) received a new home in Maracas Joseph from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. The 2013 World Senior and 2010 World Junior gold medallist collected his keys from Minister of Housing Randall Mitchell on Tuesday, November 15 at the Housing Development Cooperation (HDC)'s headquarters in South Quay, Port of Spain. The house was a promise made by the Government to him following his gold medal performance at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. In response, Gordon said he "was extremely happy to receive another element of my gift for winning the men's 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in 2013, my HDC house. Thank you go the government and citizens of Trinidad and Tobago."
Gordon competed for Belmont Boys Secondary and Queen's Royal College (QRC) at the Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships. At the 2010 edition he was the top male athlete (Victor Ludorium) after he won quadruple gold in the boys under 20 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 400m and 4x400m. The 25 year old also represented QRC at the Penn Relays in the USA. He won five gold medals at the Carifta Games (2009-B U20 110mH/400mH/4x400m, 2010-B U20 110mH/400mH).
Among his achievements are double gold in the boys under 20 400m hurdles and 4x400m at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Champs. The Maraval resident also won silver (men's 400m hurdles) at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships and bronze at the 2009 and 2011 CAC Senior Champs.
Gordon created history at the 2009 World Senior Championships when only at 17 years he became the youngest ever finalist in the men's 400m hurdles finals. He finished fourth, missing out a medal by 0.03 seconds. His time of 48.26 was new world 17 year old-age best record improving on the 48.66 he had run in the heats several days earlier. The University of West Indies-St. Augustine graduate competed at his first Carifta Games at the 2007 edition in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In 2008 he claimed bronze in the Carifta boys under 20 400m hurdles finals. That year he reached the semi-finals at the event at the World Juniors before going to win gold at the 2010 edition. At his first Olympics Games 2012 he was sixth in the finals.
Gordon is the holder of the national junior 400m hurdles record since 2008 and the senior mark from 2009. He set his first national junior men's 400m hurdles record at 16 years when he clocked 51.39 to win the 2008 national senior title. He improved the mark to 50.01 in his victory at the 2009 Carifta Games. He broke his first national senior mark clocking 49.45 at 17 years in taking bronze at he 2009 CAC Senior Champs and lowered the time to 48.66 in the heats of the 2009 World Champs and then to 48.26 in the finals.
He continued his national record breaking form at the 2012 Olympics clocking 47.96 in the semifinals to book a lane in the finals. He improved to the national standard to 47.69 in taking gold at the 2013 World Champs and is now the 22nd fastest men's one lap hurdles of all-time.
The Maraval Roman Catholic Primary School graduate was first introduced to hurdles while at student at Belmont Boys Secondary by his Games teacher Albert King. He is a member of the Memphis Pioneer Athletic Club and is coached by Dr. Ian Hypolite and managed by T&T's 1964 Olympic bronze medallist Edwin Skinner.
Gordon graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2015 with First Class Honours with a bachelors degree in Sports Management with a double minor in Marketing and Human Resource Management.
The Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Track and Field Association (TTSSTFA) is extremely proud of Jehue Gordon as one of the many products of the Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships who became world class athletes. Many have won world and Olympic titles and medals. Rio Olympic bronze and 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott (Toco Secondary) as well as Rio Olympic finalists Michelle Lee-Ahye (Tranquility Government Secondary), Machel Cedenio (Presentation College-San Fernando), Kelly-Ann Baptiste (Signal Hill Secondary), Semoy Hackett (Bishops High), Rondell Sorillo (Vessigny Government/Toco Secondary), Richard Thompson (QRC), Keston Bledman (Pleasantville Secondary) and Emmanuel Callender (Arima Secondary) have all competed at the Secondary Schools Champs .
The TTSSTFA is committed to working with stakeholders in continuing to produce more outstanding athletes.