The Jamaican pair of Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen won silver and bronze respectively in the Men’s 400 metres at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at historic Hayward Field, Oregon, USA a short while ago.
The University of Auburn pair pushed Michael Norman but it was not enough as the USC phenom smashed the NCAA record with a fantastic 43.61 to win the fastest 400 race in NCAA Championships history.
The mark is also the 11th fastest in the history of the event and is the fastest time in the world this year.
Bloomfield took it out hard from the start and still managed to finish strong in a new personal best and Auburn record 43.94, breaking 44 seconds for the first time.
Allen also set a new personal best of 44.13 in 3rd.
It was a massive personal best for the former Kingston College star who had set a new personal best of 44.72 in the semifinal round on Wednesday after coming into the championships with a previous best of 44.90.
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Bloomfield’s time was the second-fastest ever at the championship behind Norman and is just one-hundredth of a second behind the Jamaican national record of 44.93 held by Rusheen McDonald. The mark is the 3rd fastest in the world this year
Allen’s time is tied for fourth fastest ever in the NCAA and improves upon his previous best of 44.28 set in May of this year.
“It was a very good race. My race plan was to get going from the start and try to finish strong. Nathon has the finishing speed as well as Norman and I don’t have that, so my race plan was to get out the first 250 really hard. I PR’ed and I’m extremely happy. It’s a wonderful accomplishment to break 44 seconds,” Bloomfield said after the race.
All three men will receive first-team All-American honours for their efforts.