Clarke Admitted That He Did Not Expect the Team to Get the Second Place
Relay hero Davian Clarke has congratulated the Jamaica’s men’s 4×400 meters team for winning the silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon last week. Clarke who is a proficient coach said that Jamaica selected the perfect athletes for the team.
Ackeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen, 2019 World 400m finalists, covered the first two legs. Jevaughn Powell, 2022 national leader, covered the last two legs alongside Eugene 400m finalist, Christopher Taylor. The Caribbean country secured the runners-up position in two minutes and 58.58 seconds.
The 2004 and 1996 Olympic finalist admitted that he did not expect the team to get the second place. He expressed that he was proud they qualified well and made it to the finals.
Clarke coaches Powell at the University of Texas El Paso. He revealed that this was Powell’s first World Championships and that he is pleased he got the opportunity to showcase his talent. He said that Powell’s run reminded him of time as a sprinter in 1995 where he won the silver medal.
Powell, Taylor, Allen and Bloomfield ran split times of 44.79, 43.98, 43.95 and 45.86 respectively hence securing Jamaica’s men’s only medal in Eugene. Clarke went on to praise Taylor for not only reaching the final in the Olympics but also making it to the World Championship final. He said that although people are expecting more from him, he is still quite young and likely to get more opportunities to impress in the future.
Be that as it may, Allen’s leg injury had initially stopped him from participating in his 400m semi-final. Clarke said that he made the right choice and that they should believe him whenever he says he’s ready like he did in this occasion. He has now proved that he can perform at the highest level.