A young Caymanian athlete had a record-breaking performance in Jamaica last month.
Louis Gordon was part of the Cayman Islands Track and Field Under-15 team at the 14th edition of the Caribbean Union of Teachers Championship held in Kingston at the national stadium.
Gordon took part in the U13 boys high jump and long jump. His leap of 1.62 metres in the high jump would earn him gold and set a new meet record.
The feat impressed many, including team head coach Tyrone Yen.
“It was indeed a remarkable effort,” Yen said. “Louis demonstrated great confidence through his event and showed a great deal of maturity and composure on his way to claiming the gold medal.”
Going into the championship, much was expected from Gordon as throughout the season he had established himself as one of the leading jumpers in his age group in Cayman. Expectations were high for him to do well and he did not disappoint. At his first event, the high jump, he not only gave Cayman their first and only gold medal at the championship but broke the existing record of 1.60m, set by Barbadian Brandon Hope in 2010.
Gordon’s next event was the long jump. Still basking in his gold medal performance, he was quite confident going in but, after a foul jump on his first jump, Coach Yen made a few adjustments and he finally had a legal jump on the second attempt. However, it was not good to be in the top three.
They knew Gordon had to do something special on the third and final attempt and he did deliver with a leap of 5.03m, which moved him up to third place with a few jumpers left to jump. It came down to a nail-biting finish as Josiah Edwards from Trinidad and Tobago, who previously had two foul jumps, created a magnificent leap of 6.05m to claim gold and relegate Louis to fourth place.
Gordon would help Cayman finish ninth out of a total of 14 countries, winning one gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
Ultimately, it was a fine all-round performance from this 12-year-old at these championship. As the Cayman Islands Athletic Association looks towards the future, Gordon is definitely one to follow as he is quite aggressive and very knowledgeable of his events. On behalf of the management team and Coach Yen, the athletic association takes this opportunity to salute a fine athlete and his performance at the championship.