Record-breaking Stephen Gardiner undecided about what to run at 2019 Worlds

By April 09, 2018
Stephen Gardiner's 19.75s 200-metre-run on Saturday saw him becoming the first Bahamian sprinter to break 20 seconds over the 200 mertes.. Stephen Gardiner's 19.75s 200-metre-run on Saturday saw him becoming the first Bahamian sprinter to break 20 seconds over the 200 mertes..

Stephen Gardiner the super-talented sprinter from the Bahamas is undecided about what event he will run at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Qatar.

“I’m planning to go out there have fun and be on the podium,” he told SportsMax.TV on Monday, two days after he set a new Bahamian national record in the 200m at the 2018 Miami Hurricanes Alumni on Saturday. "But, (what event he will run in Qatar) right now I’m not sure as yet."

The 22-year-old Gardiner clocked an impressive 19.75s to win the half-lap sprint breaking the six-year-old record of 20.16 set by compatriot Michael Mathieu's at the Grand Prix Caixa Governo do Pera, Belem, Brazil.

The performance came seven months after he set a new national record of 43.89s in the semi-finals of the 400m of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London where he won a silver medal.

By the way, Gardiner is the first Bahamian male sprinter to break 20 seconds in the 200m and 44 seconds in the 400m, another record for the proud Bahamian.

“It feels great. It’s something that I focused on, the 400 first and now my focus is on the 200m, so it feels great to have both,” he said. “My favourite event is the 200, but it feels great to have two records in two different events.”

It is perhaps why he is still undecided which of the two he will attempt in Qatar next year.

Speaking about the race on Saturday, Gardiner attributes his success to the advice of his coach Gary Evans with whom he trains at their base in Orlando, Florida.

“I never thought I was going to run this fast. I was thinking of maybe a 19.95,” he said. "I executed like how he (Coach Evans) told me and when I saw the time I was like ‘wow’. It felt really good."

For the coming season, Gardiner said he will run a mix of both events at select Diamond League meetings as he ramps up preparations for next year.

“I am now good in both events so I will switch it up sometimes –sometimes the 200m, sometimes the 400m – so I am just going with the flow right now,” said Gardiner who reveals that during this “off year” he will be working more on his 200m race.

 

Leighton Levy

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