Steven Gardiner was confident of fast 200m opener

By April 15, 2019

Bahamian speedster Steven Gardiner was confident he was going to run fast in his season opener at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami on Saturday.

The towering 23-year-old blew away the field in his 200m heat winning in a world-leading 20.04s. Next best over the seven contested heats was Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez (20.53) followed by Dedric Dukes (20.66).

The time was 0.26s faster than his previous best season opener of 20.30s set at the University of Central Florida in 2018.

“I feel really good,” Gardiner told Sportsmax.TV on Monday, “this is the fastest I’ve even opened up in the 200m. I just want to continue to race and stay healthy. We’ve been working on strength in training a lot this year. Overall, I felt confident about running 20-seconds low.”

Fast times are not unusual for Gardiner who in 2018 set national records of 19.75s and 43.87s in the 200 and 400, respectively, but the work that he put in during pre-season has put him in good stead to possibly go even faster this World Championship year.

“I’ve improved in most things but a good base is always key and that’s something we definitely worked on this season,” said Gardiner who said that in addition to the strength work, he took on long runs and worked on his starts.

With the World Championships all the way in September, Gardiner and his coach Gary Evans are planning to be selective about when and where they race in order to be in the best shape for the competition.

 “I won’t be doing too many races this year just because of worlds being late, so I want to have some legs left,” he said revealing also that he isn’t sure what discipline he will eventually choose.

“I love both events but I can’t really say at this time.”

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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