T&T's Gordon delivers first title since Ato Boldon in 1997
MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Unheralded Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago ruined two-time Olympic champion Felix Sanchez's bid to nail a history-making third world title in the 400 metres hurdles yesterday.
Gordon, sixth in the London Olympics and fourth in the 2009 Worlds in Berlin, came from nowhere to snatch gold in 47.69sec, with American Olympic silver medallist Michael Tinsley taking silver at just one-hundredth of a second behind.
The battle for the third spot on the podium was tight, but went the way of Serbia's Emir Bekric, the European silver medallist, for a first-ever world medal for his country.
Cuban Omar Cisneros beat Sanchez for fourth spot for a sorry end to the World Champs for the Dominican Republic star, who turns 36 at the end of August.
The London Olympic champion had picked the little-known Gordon as favourite for the race and proved to be right on the money.
"I started well after feeling good in warm-up," said Sanchez. "But after the third hurdle I made some mistakes and lost too much time.
"I came back to finish strong but it was not enough to come back after those mistakes -- they definitely cost me a medal."
Sanchez was non-committal about his likely participation in the next World Championships in Beijing in 2015.
"I don't know," he said. "I need to think about it. There's still two long years ahead."
Tinsley was left ruing his final run-in to the line, when he thought he had the better of the Trinidadian, for whose country it was only the second world gold after Ato Boldon's 200m victory in 1997.