Garth Robinson on Quest for World Record

By Leighton Levy, SportsMax

Fifty-two-year-old Garth Robinson, a talented athlete with a passion for track and field, is on a mission to break the 12-year-old age group world record of 22.44 seconds for the 200m. Last weekend, he came incredibly close, clocking an impressive 22.59 seconds. However, Robinson is determined to go even faster and secure his place in history.

Born in England, Garth Robinson’s life took a significant turn when he moved to Jamaica in 1978. Growing up in the picturesque parish of Manchester, he attended Holmwood Technical High School. It was during his time at Holmwood that Robinson first delved into the world of track and field. He represented the school at the prestigious ISSA Boys Championships in 1989, showcasing his talent as a member of the 4x400m relay team.

Track and field is deeply ingrained in Jamaican culture, and Robinson’s love for the sport grew naturally. He actively participated in school sports days, SDC meets, church meets, and more. Athletics became more than just a hobby; it became a passion.

Recently, a friend and his sister, Andrea Robinson, who competed internationally for USA Masters, encouraged Robinson, who now lives in the United States, to explore the world of Masters Athletics. Embracing the challenge, he set his sights on breaking records and representing his country at the Masters Championships.

Last summer, Robinson made notable progress, running 11.6 seconds in the 100m and 24.26 seconds in the 200m, securing second and third place, respectively. But it was this year that he truly shined. He achieved exceptional results, claiming victory indoors in both the 60m and 200m with times of 7.16 and 23.34 seconds, respectively. These times made him the fastest in the world for the 50-54 age group.

But Robinson’s journey did not stop there.

At the USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in North Carolina last weekend he defied expectations, clocking 10.88 seconds to win the 100m and an impressive 22.59 seconds to claim victory in the 200m, despite facing a challenging headwind of -1.6m/s.

Robinson’s ultimate goal is to break the long-standing world record of 22.44 seconds set by Willie Gault in 2011. With his current form and determination, he believes he has what it takes to achieve this remarkable feat.

“The 10.88 and 22.59 exceeded my expectations. With the 100m time, I thought that’s good enough speed for a 21 or 22-second run, providing the conditions are suitable. My conditioning is good so the possibilities are there to run faster,” he told Sportsmax.TV. “I have another race in Indiana this weekend in Indiana, so we will see.”

While Robinson’s heart longs to represent Jamaica, he is eager to compete overseas for the United States at the world Masters championships, provided his schedule, funding, and circumstances permit. The master’s program in Jamaica is unfortunately not as developed as he would hope, leading him to explore opportunities abroad.

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