15 March 2012 Last updated at 11:16

London 2012: Jehue Gordon - the hurdler born special

Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, has some of the worst crime rates in the world.

In a country in need of heroes, Jehue Gordon is an athlete who has set his sights on the pinnacle of sporting success - a gold medal at the London Olympics.

Matthew Pinsent visits Trinidad and hears how some of Jehue's former classmates have already fallen victim to the twin spectres that haunt Trinidadian society - gun and drug crime.

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