Making an impression: Jarrod Geddes and Usain Bolt training in Jamaica. Photo: Supplied
Jarrod Geddes, the teenage Australian sprinter training alongside Usain Bolt in Jamaica, enjoyed a successful debut for the world famous Racers Track Club with a victory at an invitational meeting.
The 19-year-old from Sutherland won the 200m event at the Grace Jackson Invitational, the meet where a number of Jamaica's top runners, including Nesta Carter who won gold at the Beijing and London Olympics as a member of the Caribbean nation's 4 x 100m relay team, opened their season.
Geddes, who is being mentored by Glen Mills, the world's most respected athletics coach, made a huge impression according to his co-manager Hayden Knowles.
"I've been told Jarrod led the race from start to finish and being an Aussie he received a great roar from the crowd," said Knowles.
"Norman Peart [Bolt's manager and Geddes's co-manager] was on the phone giving a live commentary of the race and you'd have thought it was a world championships.
"It's very exciting, a great way for Jarrod to start over there. To have lined up against some of Jamaica's top up and comers and to perform in front of what I'm told was a good crowd is a wonderful experience for him. It has also re-enforced that belief that he belongs there."