Walton gets two second place finishes at Miami meet

Jamal Walton (file photo)

National 400-metre record holder, Jamal Walton, secured two second-place finishes at the 2017 Louie Bing Track and Field Classic in Miami last weekend.

The 18-year-old competed at the 17-18 February meet representing Miramar High School.

He was fastest in the preliminaries for the 200-metre sprint with a time of 21.12 seconds. He was unable to match his opening round time when he returned to the final, finishing in 21.53 seconds. Walton came off the turn fourth but powered home down the stretch.

He crossed the line third but was upgraded to second place behind Anthony Schwartz of American Heritage High School, as Tyrese Cooper, who was first across the line, was disqualified for taunting.

Walton and Cooper would meet again in the 400-metre event, with Cooper winning in 45.45 seconds. Walton finished the final in 46.27 seconds, an improvement on his preliminary round time of 47.77 seconds.

Walton’s lifetime best times in the 200m and the 400m were set in 2015. He ran 21.43 seconds in the half-lap in Basseterre, then followed that up with 45.99 seconds in the one-lap event four months later in Cali.

He represented the Cayman Islands at the CARIFTA Games and the IAAF World Under-20 Championships last year.

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