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July 26, 2012
2012 hasn't been the easiest journey for Kerron Clement. As suffering a groin injury at the 2011 World Championships, Clement aggravated the injury this winter and was forced to undergo two surgical procedures in February, leaving him just months to prepare for the Olympic Trials. Kerron discusses the difficult road to recovery that he went through in order to get ready for the Trials.
Kerron was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the US with his family in 1998. Six years later, he became a US Citizen. As a freshman at the University of Florida, Kerron won the NCAA 400H title. In July of 2004 he won the gold medal in the 400 metres hurdles in an IAAF World Junior Championships in a record time of 48.51 seconds in Grosseto Italy. Clement also ran a leg for the US 4x400m relay team and set a World Junior Record of 3:01.09.
On March 12, 2005, representing the University of Florida, he broke the indoor world record for the 400m sprint at the NCAA indoor championships in Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas with a time of 44.57 seconds. His split at 200m was 21.08 seconds. The record was held for ten years previously by Michael Johnson at 44.63 seconds. Afterwards Clement anchored Floridas 4x400 indoor meter relay to a time of 3:03.51.
Clement set a personal best and 2005 world leading performance in the 400m hurdles with a 47.24 seconds; winning the 2005 US outdoor track and field title at Carson California. This was the fastest time posted for the 400m hurdles in 7 years. Clement faded during the world outdoor championships in Helsinki Finland and did not win a medal, finishing fourth.
Clement earned a global gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the 2007 World Championship in Osaka. His time of 47.61 seconds was a seasons best.
Clement qualified in the 400m hurdles for the 2008 Summer Olympics on June 29, 2008 at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Clement was part of a medal-sweep for the United States, winning silver in the 400 meter hurdles at the Beijing Olympics. He also earned Olympic Gold for running the prelims of the USA's 4x400m relay, which won in the finals. In 2009, Clement qualified for the World Championships in Berlin in the 400H. He successfully defended his World Championship title by winning the event and he ran on America's winning 4x400m Relay.
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