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Akeem Bloomfield (born 11 October 1997) is a Jamaican track and field athlete specializing in sprint events. Running for Auburn University, he finished second in the 400 meters at the 2018 NCAA Championships behind Michael Norman of USC.[1] His time of 43.94 ranks #17 on the all-time list, one of only 18 human beings to run the distance under 44 seconds. 15 days later, he signed a professional contract with Puma.[2] Less than a month later, Bloomfield ran a 200 metres in 19.81, at the London Anniversary Games. Video on YouTube. Bloomfield had never run under 20 seconds before, so his win was so unexpected, race announcers didn't even announce him as the winner until 20 seconds after the race when his name came up on the results display. That time also ranked him on the top 25 all-time list, joining Michael Johnson and Isaac Makwala as the only men to make both the current 200 and 400 lists.

Akeem Bloomfield
2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships (39847161545).jpg
Personal information
NationalityJamaican
Born (1997-10-11) 11 October 1997 (age 22)
Kingston, Jamaica
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Sport
CountryJamaica
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Sprinting
College teamAuburn Tigers
Turned pro2018
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Earlier in the season, Bloomfield finished second to Norman at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. Norman set the world record of 44.52 in that race, Bloomfield's 44.86 ranks him at No. 6 on the all-time list and is the Jamaican indoor record.

Bloomfield had previously run for Kingston College. At the 2015 Jamaican National Championships, Bloomfield set the Jamaican Junior Record for 400 meters at 44.93.[3]

StatisticsEdit

Information from IAAF profile or Track & Field Results Reporting System unless otherwise noted.[4][5]

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time Competition Venue Date Notes
200 m 19.81 Müller Anniversary Games London, England 22 July 2018 +0.1 m/s wind
400 m 43.94 NCAA Division I Championships Eugene, Oregon, U.S. 13 July 2018
400 m indoor 44.86 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas, U.S. 10 March 2018 Indoor NR
4×400 m relay 2:57.90 World Championships Doha, Qatar 6 October 2019
4×400 m relay indoor 3:05.30 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas, U.S. 10 March 2018

International championship resultsEdit

Year Championship Venue Position Event Time
Representing   Jamaica
2015 CARIFTA Games (U20) Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis 1st 400 m 45.85
2016 CARIFTA Games (U20) St. George's, Grenada 1st 400 m 46.01
1st 4×400 m relay 3:10.55
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 2nd 4×400 m relay 3:01.57
World Championships Doha, Qatar 8th 400 m 45.36
2nd 4×400 m relay 2:57.90

Circuit winsEdit

400 mEdit

200 mEdit

  • IAAF Diamond League
    • London: 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.letsrun.com/news/2018/06/greatest-collegiate-400-ever-michael-norman-runs-43-61-defeat-akeem-bloomfields-43-94/
  2. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/400m_phenomenon_Bloomfield_goes_pro
  3. ^ http://www.milesplit.com/articles/149783/akeem-bloomfield-smashes-jamaican-400-record
  4. ^ "AKEEM BLOOMFIELD ATHLETE PROFILE". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  5. ^ "AKEEM BLOOMFIELD AUBURN". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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