“I think the Bajan took it!” – Ryan Brathwaite wins Gold in Berlin photo-finish


“At the first hurdle I thought I do not have this race anymore but then I fought and fought to the end and the gold was mine.”

Ryan does Barbados proud and let the world know it!

How close was it? So close that Ryan Brathwaite won gold in the 110-meter hurdles at the World Athletics Championships because he bent further forward than the two Americans on either side of him: Terrence Trammell on his right and David Payne to his left.

Brathwaite hit the first hurdle but ran a clean race for the rest of the way and finished in 13.14 seconds.

Here is Ryan at the finish line…

Brathwaite Photo Finish

So Barbados’ first gold at the games comes from speed and technique.

Some of the news coverage tried to take the shine off Ryan’s victory by highlighting that two of the top runners weren’t in the race. Olympic champion and world-record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba and defending champion Liu Xiang of China were both sidelined with injuries.

Barbados Free Press would like to remind Cuba and China that athletic competition isn’t just about speed – its about stamina and toughness too!

A horse might be fast every so often, but if it can’t take the long run then another horse might win the race – a horse named Brathwaite.

In all fairness though, have a look at the photo-finish. At this level of competition the difference between gold and bronze can be a sneeze or a pebble… or the ability to bend lower while running at full tilt.

Well done Ryan!

Here is the YouTube of the entire race, including the announcer’s “I think the Bajan took it!”


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14 responses to ““I think the Bajan took it!” – Ryan Brathwaite wins Gold in Berlin photo-finish

  1. big up Ryan. Watching it live I thought he was out of it after that first hurdle but speed, technique and perseverance saw him through.

    I know he will get a heroes welcome back home but I hope this spurs some investment in athletes by our authorities. We have potential stars who just need assistance.

  2. 2009

    CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan Brathwaite !

    Congatulations are in order also for our Esteemed Prime Minister David Thompson…..in 2008 he sounded the CLARION call for Barbadians….to CHANGE..!

    Yes we CAN…..YES – TERDAY Ryan answered that CALL !


  3. Braithwaites win and no one else

    “Congatulations are in order also for our Esteemed Prime Minister David Thompson…..in 2008 he sounded the CLARION call for Barbadians….to CHANGE..!”

    This is Braithwaites win and no one else!

    We are still waiting for the Esteemed PM to bring in ITAL, FOI and the Ministerial order CHANGE as promised not to mention protection of Greame Hall and the rest of our environment.

    Thompson is still in the starting blocks and the gun ( call for 2008 election ) was sounded some time ago.

    This is similar to winning a race and then being found guilty of doping or in Thompsons case—just plain intentionally lying.

  4. King Dyall

    I met this young man a few times and he impresses me as someone with his head firmly planted on his shoulders. Congrats Frenchie keep reaching for the stars we are all proud of your achievement.

  5. Red Lake Lassie

    2009 said “SOMETHING HAPPENING…in BIM at LAST !”

    Yes 2009, Ryan Brathwaite made something happen at last in BIM.

    Because since 1964 your DLP has been promising integrity legislation and Thompson again promised it and said he would deliver within 100 days of being elected.

    “Nothing” is what happened.

    You want to drag politricks into Brathwaite’s win? Fine. I’ll remind everyone what a f*ing bunch of liars Thompson and the DLP are.

  6. Anonymous

    Why don’t you stop taking the shine off of Ryan’s win for just one second. He did a marvelous job. Forget politics just for once and congratulate Ryan.

    Politics and everything else can come another day.

  7. A double Acrostic Poem saluting Barbados’ next great.

    A World Champion
    Ryan Brathwaite

    All Radios tuned into the Sports at Berlin
    Were yesterday listening for our home boy to win
    On the mark, get set, then a gun blast
    Revved listeners never knew he got out real fast
    Leg hit No.1 But he was not thrown
    Didn’t stumble or slow down, his preparedness had grown
    Championship medal was waiting up there
    He reached deep into his heart and stepped up his gear
    A new swiftness caught the commentator’s eye
    My ears almost burst when she called out our guy
    People screamed and Ryan seemed to hear
    It was so close at the finish he dipped, then silence everywhere
    Our guy waited patiently but we at home chanted Ryan Ryan
    National Champion 110 hurdler ran 13.14 and is now A World Champion

    To see the hidden acrostic please Click here….

  8. reality check

    our new National Poet—Khaidji

  9. Congratulations to all Bajans for this victory! GO BARBADOS!

  10. skinteeth

    congratulations to Thompson ? .. that is why things look so bleak in this land… stupse…
    congrats Ryan, for you and you alone.. did Barbados proud

  11. Barbados has a poet laureate in the making! Great!

  12. rasta man

    I wonder if a lawyer can educate me on my rights in this regard.
    I pay a subsciption to CBC multi choice which includes NBC and CBC Canada.Both of these channels were showing the World Championships. As soon as Bolt was to run the relays they switched both channels to show cricket which was already coming through on Sportsmax.
    Can this be right?????

  13. Anonymous

    Anyone read Andy Thornhill in today’s Nation. Is he ironic about support for Ryan Brathwaite when the company he works for could not even show the race.
    I agree with another letter writer, castigating CBC for using taxpayers money for foolishness like SOCAHOLICS and not show these important championships

  14. Anonymous

    Check out today’s Nation (Friday Aug 28) and see the number of ads congraulating Ryan.
    Can you think of the money he could have had if the companies had given him personally instead of paying the Nation ???
    Only the Nation will benefit from these ads!!!!