Birthday boy Gibson misses 400m hurdles final
Guardian Sports Editor
Published: Aug 14, 2013
MOSCOW, Russia – Bahamian hurdler Jeffery Gibson was looking to celebrate his 23rd birthday tomorrow with a historic spot in the final of the men’s 400-meter (m) hurdles at these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships. However, it was not to be as a long and trying collegiate season finally caught up with him.
Gibson made history for The Bahamas this year though, becoming just the second Bahamian to ever run under 50 seconds in the event, by breaking a 30-year-old national record, and by qualifying for the world championships ‘A’ standard.
The senior at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma was looking to add a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I title this year, and hopefully even add a Sr. Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships title, but he came up short in both attempts. At the end of the day, no one could fault his efforts.
Last night here in Moscow, Gibson ran a time of 50.51 seconds to finish eighth in his semi-final heat, and 21st overall. He won the silver medal at the Sr. CAC Championships in July, and was fifth at NCAA Championships in June. It was the latter in which he broke Greg Rolle’s 30-year-old national record, running a time of 49.39 seconds in Eugene, Oregon.
“I feel a little disappointed in myself for not doing better, but I’m glad with the season that I had – the ups and the downs. I’m blessed and real happy,” he said last night. “I look forward to the future in track and field. I want to be in this game for a long time, until the wheels come off.”
Gibson ran 50.25 seconds in his opening round heat to qualify for the semi-finals, and then 50.51 seconds in the semis last night. He said that he expected to run faster in the semis, but just couldn’t put his race together when he needed to the most.
“Maybe with the season being so long, and me coming up on the hurdles with my left leg as opposed to my right tonight, that might have thrown things off a bit. I think I might have focused a bit too much on trying to catch up instead of running my race. It didn’t go as I had planned, but I’ll take it. I’m happy with the season that I had and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Gibson, who started his athletic career off as a quarter-miler, said that it is very likely that he might switch back to that event in the future, but for now, he said that he is content with running the hurdles and doing some 400s when the opportunities surface.
It is also a possibility that he will be added to the men’s 4x400m relay pool here in Moscow as well.