Aug. 9, 2013
Jarrin Solomon already has an Olympic bronze medal.
Now, he’s looking to add to his collection.
Solomon, a 2009 University of New Mexico graduate and native Albuquerquean, is competing at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, this week as he aims to medal once again at athletics’ premier meet.
After claiming a bronze medal at last year's London Olympics, Solomon—who is competing for Trinidad and Tobago—has the credentials to challenge the world’s best as he competes in his fortes, the 400-meter dash and the 4x400.
Entering competition at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Solomon has a personal record of 45.31 seconds in the 400 and a season best clocked at 45.34. His season best, which he recorded at the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Championships in June, also doubles as his entry mark.
Solomon has found success internationally in the 400, qualifying to the last two IAAF World Indoor Championships in the 400. He also won the 400 and was part of the gold-medal 4x400 relay team at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships last month.
He is one of two Trinidadians entered in the 400 at the IAAF Championships, joining his teammate from last year’s Olympics, Deon Lendore.
Solomon and Lendore will also team up in the 4x400 alongside Lalonde Gordon, Renny Quow, Machel Cedenio and Jehue Gordon. Two of the runners will serve as alternates.
At the London Olympics, Solomon, Lendore, Lalonde Gordon and Ade Alleyne-Forte combined for a 2:59.4 time in the 4x400 relay to earn a bronze medal and set a new Trinidad and Tobago national record.
This year, the Trinidadian relay team enters with a season best of 3:06.23, which ranks fifth among the reported season bests. The team has a listed personal best of 3:05.70.
Nonetheless, Trinidad and Tobago has posted strong marks in the 4x400 relay lately, including bronze finishes at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Solomon was a part of both squads along with Lalonde Gordon.
As one of just six New Mexico track and field athletes to compete at the Olympic Games, Solomon has an impressive background in athletics.
His father, Michael, was one of the six UNM Olympians, where he competed for his native Trinidad and Tobago in 1976 and 1980. He was also one of UNM’s best middle-distance runners, earning two All-American nods and winning the 600-yard title at the 1977 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The younger Solomon also made his mark as a Lobo, setting the still-standing school record in the indoor 400 (46.33), winning three conference titles in the 400 and earning All-American status in 2009.
He will compete at the IAAF Championships on Sunday, Aug. 11, in the qualifying heats of the men’s 400 (1:05 a.m. MT), and on Thursday, Aug. 15, in the qualifying heats of the men’s 4x400 (9:05 a.m. MT).
The semifinal round of the men’s 400 is the following day, Aug. 12, with the finals taking place on Aug. 13. The 4x400 advances directly into the finals, which are held on Aug. 16.
For more information, visit the IAAF’s website for the Championships, and check back at GoLobos.com for updates.