Queens Man Runs In Millrose Games

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BY JON CRONIN

Cambria Heights-based Track & Field Olympic Medalist Lalonde Gordon is running in the upcoming 111th Millrose Games next month.

Gordon said that he trains four and half hours per day to stay in competition with his peers. He spends time with this coach for two hours at the gym in the morning and then two and half hours running in the afternoon.

Gordon is a native of Tobago. He moved to the United States with his parents when he was 7 years old and lived in Cambria Heights for a few years.

Asked who supported him most during his training, he said matter-of-factly, “Parents are parents, they’re going to support you and help.”

Gordon is hoping to bring his best to the Millrose Games. As he eyes what his competitors bring to the table, they are also eyeing him. He holds the 300-meter record for running that track.

Five years ago, he won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics games and, this past summer, took home the gold for Trinidad and Tobago at the World Championships in Athletics, which was held in London.

He will have the chance to test himself again against some of the world’s most renowned runners on Feb. 3 at the Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center in the Upper West Side during an event that is billed as “the world’s longest running and most prestigious indoor track and field competition.”

In a press statement for the event, the Millrose Games noted that “Lalonde Gordon anchored Trinidad & Tobago’s 4x400m team to World Championships gold in August 2017.” He also has a personal best of 44.52 seconds while running for the Tobago and Trinidad team.

Gordon said that he started running as a child and then took time off during his teenage years, but was then back at it at age 19.

“The Millrose Games are very competitive,” he said. “They bring the best of the best. It’s nothing to be laid back about.”

Gordon said that he has participated in the Millrose Games three or four times before.

“This will be my fifth,” he said. “I did well in the past. Won a few and came in second a few. My next race I have a race up in Boston. Most of my races are in New York, Boston or Staten Island.”

Over the next few months, Gordon said that he has two more races at the New York City Armory, two in Boston and two or three in Staten Island.

Regarding his teammates from the 2012 Olympics, he said that he occasionally sees them when he’s competing against them in races.

“When the country needs us, I always see them,” he said.

But for now, he’s just preparing.

“I go to sleep early every night at 10, get up at 6,” he said. “The coach fires us up in the days before.”

Reach Jon Cronin via email at jcronin@queenstribune.com or by phone at (718) 357-7440, ext. 125.

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