Walton smashes Bolt’s old 400m record

Fifteen-year-old sprinter Jamal Walton has confirmed expectations that he will soon be a world beater after breaking a 400-meter record set by Usain Bolt 12 years ago. 

Walton clocked 47.01 seconds in the 400m, beating Bolt’s old record of 47.17 seconds at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Morelia, Mexico, on Sunday. 

Walton lives with his family in Miami and will be passing through Cayman on his way home on Tuesday, leaving on Wednesday morning.  

He gets another chance to showcase his brilliance at the World Junior Championships later this month.  

The Cayman Islands Athletic Association selected him to represent Cayman at the championships in Eugene, Oregon, from July 22 to 27. 

Walton is already the senior as well as junior 400m Cayman Islands record holder. Despite his tender age, he is ranked fourth in the world among Under-18 400m runners.  

Ahead of him are slightly older boys Martin Manley (Jamaica), Rai Benjamin (Antigua) and Henri Delauze (USA). 

The 2014 CARIFTA Games 400m bronze medalist will be accompanied by coach Tyrone Yen. 

Yen leaves for Miami on July 20 to meet up with Walton.  

Walton will also run at the Youth Olympics in China later this summer. 


Jamal Walton is an exceptional talent. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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