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Alonso Edward

Alonso Edward
Personal information
Full name Alonso Reno Edward Henry
Nationality  Panamanian
Born (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989
Panama City, Panamá Province, Panamá
Residence Panama City, Panamá
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) Sprints
Coached by Matt Kane
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m: 10.02 (Clermont 2014)
200 m: 19.81 (Berlin 2009)
Updated on 24 July 2014.

Alonso Edward[nb] (born 8 December 1989) is a Panamanian sprinter who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres.

He set a South American junior record in the 100 m in 2007 and he attended his first World Junior Championships in 2008, finishing in sixth place. He made significant improvements in the 2009 season, setting national records in the 100 m and 200 m in May, and winning both events at the 2009 South American Championships in Athletics. Prior to the 2009 World Championships he again beat the 200 m national record, becoming the fourth fastest runner of the season. At his first ever World Championships he set a South American record to win the silver medal in the 200 metres final, becoming the youngest ever medallist in that event.

Early career

Born in Panama City, Panamá he is of Jamaican descent on his mother's side.[1][2] He was initially coached by Cecilio Woodruf in his home country and came to prominence on the youth and junior athletics circuit, winning a 100/200 m double at the South American Youth Championships and the 100 m gold at the 2007 South American Junior Championships.[3] His time of 10.28 seconds, at the junior championships, was a new South American junior record, improving upon his own previous mark.[4] He also attended the 2007 Pan American Junior Championships, but pulled up in the heats.[5] Following in the footsteps of fellow Panamanian athlete Irving Saladino, he moved to train in Brazil but an injury interrupted the start of his season, all but eliminating his chances to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[3] While recovering, Edward moved to the United States and enrolled with Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, working under the tutelage of Matt Kane.[6] He made his first appearance at a world competition; the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics. A season's best run of 10.91 seconds in the 100 m saw him eliminated in the heats stage.[7]

Breakthrough season

In the 2009 athletics season, Edward had markedly improved from the previous season: at the Texas Invitational meet in early May he ran 9.97 seconds to break the 10-second barrier, with the wind assistance just over the legal limit (2.3 m/s).[8] Later that month he broke two national records, running 10.09 seconds in the 100 m and 20.34 seconds in the 200 m at a meet in Hutchinson, Kansas.[6] The following month he proved his ability to win at the senior regional level, taking two gold medals in a sprint double at the 2009 South American Championships in Athletics. He beat the competition in the 200 m by almost half a second, finishing with 20.45 seconds.[6]

Further improvements came in the 200 m in Rethymno in July, as he broke his own national record to win in twenty seconds flat.[9] This time ranked him as fourth fastest in the world coming into the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, with only Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, and Wallace Spearmon running faster.[10][11]

In the 200 metres at the World Championships, Edward reached a new level of performance. Touted as a possible surprise finalist,[12] he started well, winning his heat and his quarter-final.[13][14] In the semi-finals, he finished second to Usain Bolt and was the third fastest of the round overall, after Spearmon, with a run of 20.22 seconds.[15] Although Bolt won the final race by a margin of 0.62 seconds to set a new world record, Edward set a South American record of 19.81 seconds. He had started the season with a best of 20.62 seconds, but he had improved by 0.81 seconds in just one year, breaking Bolt's previous record for the fastest time by a 19-year-old and becoming the youngest ever World Championship medallist in the men's 200 m in the process.[16]

Prior to the 2010 season, Edward decided that he would miss the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Athletics in favour of focusing upon the first IAAF Diamond League, keen to become the first South American to break the 10-second barrier.[3] He began his outdoor season in April, winning the 100 m gold at the Central American Games in Panama, but he suffered a strained hamstring in the 200 m and missed much of the year through the injury.[17]

Personal bests

Event Time (sec) Venue Date
100 metres 10.02 s Clermont, United States 26 April 2014
200 metres 19.81 s Berlin, Germany 20 August 2009
200 metres (indoor) 20.70 s Fayetteville, United States 23 January 2010
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Panama
2006 Central American Junior Championships (U20) Guatemala, Guatemala 2nd 100 m 11.05 (wind: -0.7 m/s)
3rd 200m 22.07 (wind: +0.7 m/s)
South American Youth Championships Caracas, Venezuela 1st 100 m 10.60 s (wind: +0.0 m/s)
1st 200 m 21.18 s (wind: +0.0 m/s)
2nd 4×100 m 41.96 s
6th 1000 m medley relay 2:03.41 min
2007 ALBA Games Caracas, Venezuela 1st 100 m 10.25 s w (wind: +2.3 m/s)
2nd 200 m 20.62 s NR NR-j (wind: +2.0 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 40.07 s
Central American Junior Championships (U20) San Salvador, El Salvador 1st 100 m 10.59 (wind: -2.9 m/s)
1st 200 m 21.08 (wind: -1.2 m/s)
1st 4x400 m relay 3:23.01
South American Championships São Paulo, Brazil 5th 4×100 m relay 40.13 s
3rd 4×400 m relay 3:09.67 min
South American Junior Championships São Paulo, Brazil 1st 100 m 10.28 s (wind: +0.0 m/s)
2nd (h) [18] 200 m 21.84 (wind: -0.3 m/s)
Pan American Junior Championships São Paulo, Brazil 100 m DNF
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 45th 100 m 10.91 s (wind: 0.2 m/s)
2009 South American Championships Lima, Peru 1st 100 m 10.29 s A (wind: 0.6 m/s)
1st 200 m 20.45 s A (wind: 0.0 m/s)
World Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd 200 m 19.81 AR (-0.3 m/s)
2010 Central American Games Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá 1st 100 m 10.24 s GR (wind: -0.2 m/s)
8th 200 m 47.18 s (wind: 0.1 m/s)
2011 South American Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina 100 m DQ
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 200 m DNF (f)
2012 Central American Championships Managua, Nicaragua 1st 200 m 21.23 (wind: 0.3 m/s)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 200 m DQ (h)
2013 Central American Games San José, Costa Rica 1st 200 m 20.52 s w (wind: +2.1 m/s)
4x100 m relay DNF
World Championships Moscow, Russia 7th (sf) 200 m 20.67 s (wind: -0.3 m/s)
2014 South American Games Santiago, Chile 1st 100 m 10.23 s GR (wind: +1.1 m/s)


  • nb His name is frequently written as Alonso Edwards, with his surname being anglicised. However, the name which the athlete himself uses is Alonso Edward without the final "s".[3]


  1. ^ Weeks D., Reinaldo A. (July 23, 2012), El desafío de Edward. Pese a las lesiones y su prolongada inactividad de 10 meses, el corredor panameño quiere dar otra sorpresa en Londres 2012. (in Spanish),  
  2. ^ Alonso Edward, Official London 2012 website, retrieved September 3, 2012 
  3. ^ a b c d Biscayart, Eduardo (2009-12-29). Alonso Edward: at 19, faster than Bolt. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-30.
  4. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2007-07-02). Edwards runs 10.28 100m at South American Junior Champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  5. ^ Pan American Junior Championship. WORLD JUNIOR ATHLETICS HISTORY. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  6. ^ a b c Biscayart, Eduardo (2009-06-22). Brazil repeats triumph at South American Championships – Day 3 report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  7. ^ Biography Edward Alonso. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  8. ^ Dunaway, James (2009-05-03). Fast times in Austin, Gay impresses in 400m. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  9. ^ Sanders sets season’s best in Rethymno. Athletics Weekly (2009-07-20). Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  10. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-08). Men's 200m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  11. ^ 200 Metres 2009. IAAF (2009-08-05). Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
  12. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-09). Men's 200m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  13. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-18). Event Report - Men's 200m - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  14. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-18). Event Report - Men's 200m - Quarter-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  15. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-19). Event Report - Men's 200m - Semi-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  16. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-20). Event Report - Men's 200m - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-21.
  17. ^ Alonso Edward injured in Central American Sports Games. Xinhua (2010-04-19). Retrieved on 2010-07-19.
  18. ^ Did not show in the final

External links

  • Alonso Edward profile at IAAF
  • Sports reference biography
  • Tilastopaja biography
  • Interview after running sub-10 seconds in Texas
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