Jermiah Steede is helped off the track after falling in the 400 metres boys' hurdles. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
Jermiah Steede is helped off the track after falling in the 400 metres boys' hurdles. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
SUNDAY, APRIL 8: Hero hurdler Jermiah Steede came last in the 400 metres boys' hurdles - but he got the biggest cheer of the race as he limped over the finishing line after falling at a jump.

The 15-year-old CedarBridge Academy student collapsed in agony after crossing the line and required medical treatment at the trackside for a suspected hamstring injury.

But after lying on the ground for several seconds after his fall, he picked himself up and finished the course, including several hurdles, although he came in last.

Fighting back tears afterwards, he said: "At least I finished. I hurt my leg and it's really sore."

Jermiah, the smallest athlete in the event, finished in 1m 34secs, well behind the 53.15 seconds recorded by Jamaican winner Okeen Williams.

The silver was taken by teammate Marvin Williams, in 54.96 secs, while D'Mitry Charlton from the Bahamas got bronze with a time of 54.99 seconds.

But, as a St John's Ambulance crewman said: "If there were medals for sheer courage, he'd get gold."