Destacan en Jamaica el 800 mts boricua
“I think the athletes are there,” Thompson said. “I truly, truly believe that the talented 800m runners are all over Jamaica.”
He highlighted the progress made in the event by Caribbean neighbours Puerto Rico. While Jamaica’s national record has stood at 1:45.21 minutes since 1977, Wesley Vazquez, Ryan Sanchez and Andres Arroyo all ran under 1:45.00 in 2019. Vazquez had a fine season in which he lowered the national record of 1:43.83 minutes before placing fifth in Doha. By contrast, Jamaica hasn’t even had a qualifier for the World Championships since Marvin Watts reached the semi-final in 2001.
“Put it this way,” Thompson contended, “If Puerto Rico can have three 800m runners clocking sub 1:45.00 minutes, Jamaica should have more than that.” »»