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Jamaica may have a new 400m champion when they JAAA/National Junior and Senior Championships get underway at the National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday.

2017 champion Nathon Allen reveals that he is not yet certain whether he will compete at the championships citing a difficult college season that concluded recently with him winning the bronze medal at the NCAA National Outdoor Champions at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon in a personal best 44.13s.

Allen did not give a timeline for his decision but indicated that it would come down to the word from Coach Ralph Spry.

“I am awaiting confirmation from my coach on what I should do,” Allen said on Monday.

Allen enjoyed another outstanding season at Auburn where he was a sophomore having joined in January 2017.

He won the Southeastern Conference 400m title in May in 44.28s and was also named to the 2018 USTFCCA Indoor First-Team All-American (400m, 4x400m Relay).

Nathon Allen [Jamaica]
Nathon Allen [Jamaica]
The difficult schedule could play a part in his decision on whether he runs this weekend or not.

“It’s been a long season competing in two championships indoor and outdoor. So all that has to be taken into consideration and to come and participate in another championship with rounds, I don’t know if that would be in my best interest at this time,” he said.

He revealed that the odds of him competing are slim, but he did not rule it out completely.

“I would assume so,” he said when asked about the likelihood of competing, “because last year at this time I knew I’d be competing. But when I last spoke with the coach he told me to see how training goes these last few days then he would give me his opinion.”

Should he not compete, it opens the door for a thrilling battle between local-based athletes like Javon Francis and high-school star Christopher Taylor, who has been given a bye for the junior 200m to allow him to compete in the senior men’s 400m.

Current national record holder Rusheen McDonald is also down to compete in the one-lap sprint as the national selectors look to pick Jamaica’s strongest team the 2018 CAC Games in Colombia, the NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto, Canada and the inaugural Athletics World Cup in London, England in mid-July.

Source: Leighton Levy|| SportsMax

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