Jehue Gordon is just 20. The world, though, knows about him and a great deal is expected of him on his Olympic debut.
Gordon only has himself to blame for the burden of expectation on his young shoulders. At the 2009 World Championships, in Berlin, Germany, he shocked the world with a jaw-dropping performance in the men’s 400 metres hurdles final.
Just 17 at the time, Gordon finished fourth in 48.26 seconds – a new national record. That run was one of the highpoints of the Championships, and undoubtedly one of the best ever performances by a Trinidad and Tobago athlete.
One year later, Gordon was crowned world junior champion in the one-lap hurdles, clocking 49.30 seconds in the championship race in Moncton, Canada.
Thanks to his fine performances, Gordon is among the athletes being featured by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the build-up to London 2012.