400m titans to clash at Jerome Classic tonight

from left Latoy Williams, Gil Roberts, LeJerald Betters Clash of the titans over 400m will feature Josh Mance of the USA and Latoy Williams of the Bahamas and Akheem Gauntlett of Jamaica. This group will be going after a different barrier than the milers who will challenge 4 minutes.

 

Josh Mance

In the 1 lap sprint the barrier is 45 second.  Josh, a silver medalist in the 4x400m relay at the London Olympics has run 44.89 while Latoy, a graduate of Texas Tech has a 44.97 clocking.  Akeem Gauntlett, a former student at Arkansas won the silver medal in the 4x400m at the World championships has run 45.00.  The meet record is 44.44 set by Canada’s Tyler Christopher in 2005.

 

Akheem Gauntlett

Athletes from over 23 nations around the world will compete in the 31st Annual Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic featuring the 60th Anniversary of the Miracle Mile on July 10 at Swangard Stadium.

 

This  evening event is ranked number 4 in North America when assessing depth and quality of the performance. Almost 300 athletes are eligible for over $150,000 in prize money awarded on the breaking of performance standards and records.  Many of the performers are on their way to Glasgow for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.  We expect a large representation of Australian, New Zealand and Hong Kong athletes as well as our Canadian team headed to Glasgow.

 

If you have never witnessed the 4 min mile barrier being broken, this is your chance.

The 60th Anniversary of the Miracle Mile held here in Vancouver at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games will be celebrated on July 10, 2014. Sir Roger Bannister of England and John Landy of Australia where the first two men under the 4 minute barrier in the spring of 1954. Over 100 million listened around the world as they battled in this historic event. Both men broke the 4-minute barrier known then as the Mile of the Century.

 

It is expected that as many as 6 or more athletes will break that 4 minute barrier on July 10th.

 

The schedule is available here.

http://www.harryjerome.com/meet-info/schedule/

 

 

Tickets are $25 finish line and $10 general admission and are available at www.harryjerome.com