Jackson’s blessing in unfamiliar conditions

Jeavhon Jackson knew he would be tested when he went under the starter’s gun as the Cayman Islands lone athlete in the finals of the men’s 400m hurdles at the NatWest Island Games in Gotland on 26 June, 2017.

As much as he was mindful of Guernsey duo of Alastair Chambers and Sam Wallbridge, the weather was another competitor he had face. With temperature in the low 60s and a steady breeze blowing, it was an unfamiliar environment for Jackson.

Nonetheless, he gave it is all and though he trailed Chambers and Wallbridge to the line in 54.97 seconds, Jackson was happy with the outcome.

“I feel good. I knew it would have been challenging. To come third at my first Island Games, it’s really a blessing,” he said.

Jackson entered the race as a contender, having been third fastest in the semifinals but though his time was noticeably slower than his personal best (53.10 sec) set earlier this year, winning the bronze was no simple matter.

“I gave it all I had. The wind was really tough [to handle]. I’m not used to this kind of weather. Running here got me winded kind of fast but [to] God be the glory. He gave me a third [place] for my country. I’m really proud,” Jackson told CaymanSportsBuzz.com.

He also has a chance to medal as part of the 4x100m and 4x400m men’s teams later in the week.

Also winning track and field medals on Monday were Jamal Walton (gold – men’s 200m) and Daneliz Thomas (silver – women’s javelin).

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