Roshawn Clarke Surprises Reigning World Champion Antonio Watson in Camperdown Classic 400m Showdown

At the Camperdown Classic held at the National Stadium in Kingston, Roshawn Clarke, a finalist in the World Championship 400m hurdles and holder of the Jamaican national record, caused an upset in heat five of the men’s 400m.

Clarke, who also holds the World U-20 record in the 400m hurdles, secured a victory over Antonio Watson, the reigning World 400m champion.

Clarke, representing Swept Track Club, started the race in lane five, while Watson, from Racers Track Club, occupied lane four.

The race showcased differing strategies, with Clarke starting aggressively in the first 300m, while Watson maintained his customary conservative approach.


In the final 100m, Clarke utilised his strength from the 400m hurdles to narrowly maintain his lead against a rapidly approaching Watson.

Despite being only 19 years old, Clarke demonstrated maturity in his performance, not turning 20 until July.

This early-season race marked the first competitive outing for both athletes. Clarke clocked a winning time of 46.05, while Watson finished closely behind in second place with a time of 46.10.

Terry Thomas of Titans International secured third place with a time of 46.97.

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