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Athletics: Medal hopeful Gordon hits CARIFTA standard in season opener

18-year old Caymanian high jumper Louis Gordon is aiming for a big finish in his final regional championships.

The Kingston College student opened his season at the Grace Jackson Invitational in Jamaica’s National Stadium Saturday (2 February) finishing second overall in the Class One Boys High Jump. The former Clifton Hunter High School student cleared 2.05-metres in his first attempt.

“With a personal best of 2.10, to be able to open with 2.05 is a great feeling,” said Gordon. “I feel like everything is coming along, and that I’ve progressed in a drastic way.”

The result surpasses the Under-20 Boys Cayman Islands Athletics Association (CIAA) CARIFTA standards (2.00m). In his 2018 CARIFTA appearance, Gordon finished seventh overall clearing 2.00-metres. Almost one year later, he says practice has made perfect.

“Finishing seventh last year has caused me to work on the weaker stuff, mentally and physically,” said Gordon. “My coach and I worked on understanding the event more. We worked on strength and speed in order to jump higher.”

Gordon says if selected, he is hoping to medal in this, his fourth and final CARIFTA appearance for Cayman.

“Being able to medal at my last CARIFTA would be an extraordinary feeling,” said Gordon. “It would be the best feeling in the world, especially in front of my home crowd, family and friends.”

(Photo: Yardi Sports)

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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