Commissioner Gordon Rules Gotham
Double bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon made his first appearance at the Armory since his momentous outdoor season, breaking the facility record in the 300 meters.
Gordon, a Queens resident and Trinidad & Tobago native, demonstrated his winter fitness by finishing in 32.48 seconds, a result that he hopes will set him up for his primary indoor goal: breaking his country’s national records in the 200 and 400 meters.
“It feels good,” Gordon said of his new Armory record. (The old one was 33.21). “It gives me more confidence for the season. I think I could have done a little better, but I’m pleased with the performance.”
The race came in the midst of the New York City Gotham Cup, the first collegiate meet of the season on the Armory schedule.
Gordon made huge progress in 2012, making the Olympic qualifying standard in the 400 meters in mid-July at the U.S. Club Nationals in Nebraska and then running PRs in every round of the Olympic Games in London. He ran 44.52 in the finals to earn bronze and later ran on T&T’s 4x400 and got another.
That result was a life-changer. Gordon represented Nike on Friday, indicating that he has signed a shoe deal.
But he says very little is different.
“It really hasn’t changed anything, I’m the same person,” Gordon said. “I’m still training and working hard.”
In going after his country’s records this winter, he will be going after some ambitious achievements.
Ato Boldon ran 20.35 seconds for 200 meters in 1997 and Ian Morris ran 44.21 for 400 in 1992.
After clocking the No. 9 all-time 300, Gordon feels closer than ever.
“It boosts me up a lot,” he said.