Bahamian sprinter Steven Gardiner (© Getty Images)
Steven Gardiner was the star of the Bahamian Championships at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau over the weekend as the teenager clocked a national 400m record of 44.27 on Saturday (27).
Gardiner, still only 19, took 0.17 off Chris Brown’s seven-year-old record and follows in the footsteps of his recent improvement in the past few weeks. He broke 45 seconds for the first time when running 44.98 at a meeting in Florida on 6 June and then again when winning at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo in 44.64.
Behind Gardiner, in the stadium that hosted the IAAF World Relays last month, Michael Mathieu ran a personal best of 45.00 to finish second.
In the women’s 400m, Shaunae Miller was the winner in 50.69 while Anthonique Strachan took the 200m title in 22.84.
Adanaca Brown clocked 13.00 in the 100m hurdles and equalled the national record.
In the high jump, three men cleared 2.28m with 21-year-old Ryan Ingraham getting the verdict on count back. 2007 world champion Donald Thomas was second while Trevor Barry was third.
On Friday, Bianca Stuart flew out to a national long jump record of 6.83m.
Jeffery Gibson got his expected win in the 400m hurdles in 49.83 and 2011 world youth champion Latario Collie-Minns won the triple jump with 16.95m.
Phil Minshull for the IAAF