Vol. 5 Num 283 Mon. March 14, 2005  

Clement breaks Johnson's indoor record

Trinidad-born Kerron Clement broke US great Michael Johnson's 10-year-old 400m indoor world record here Saturday, clocking 44.57sec at the NCAA US collegiate indoor athletics championships.

"I can't describe how I feel," said Clement, a 19-year-old who is in his second year at the University of Florida.

He moved to the United States as a youngster and attended high school in La Porte, Texas. Last year he won the 400m hurdles crown at the world junior outdoor championships representing the United States.

"When I crossed the line, I wanted to cry," he said. "That was my first reaction. It was so overwhelming -- breaking Michael Johnson's record. I guess it's mine now."

Clement broke the mark of 44.63 set by Johnson on March 4, 1995, at the US Indoor championships in Atlanta, Georgia.

Clement easily defeated University of Arkansas' Terry Gatson, who finished a distant second in 45.29sec.

Later Saturday, Clement anchored Florida's 4x400m relay team, which won in an NCAA record of 3:03.51.

Johnson still owns the 200m and 400m outdoor world records.