Ramone ‘Batman’ McKenzie Aims for Records
World Youth 200 metres gold medallist Ramone ‘Batman’ McKenzie of Calabar High School plans to break the Class One 200m and 400m records during the 99th staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championships which begins tomorrow. “I was told not to say much but I know I will do well in both my events and I am gunning for the records, so let’s see what happens,” McKenzie told the Observer yesterday.
The 400m and 200m records of 45.35 and 20.25 seconds were established by triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, prior to his 17th birthday in 2003. Eighteen-year-old McKenzie, who created the Class Two 400m and 200m records of 47.24secs and 20.89 in 2007, wants to do the same in Class One this week. “I am looking to go below 45 seconds and below 20.1,” the outspoken sprinter said.
Running in lane eight last year, McKenzie won the 400 metres in 46.32secs and finished second in the 200m with 21.05 behind St Jago High’s Nickel Ashmeade 21.04secs. McKenzie, who has recovered from an ankle injury sustained at last year’s Penn Relays, says he’s in very good shape.