Newly minted World 400m champion Steven Gardiner dedicated his gold medal to the people of his country that were recently devastated by Hurricane Irma.

His heat and semi-final had suggested something special was in the making, a medal was likely, but the only one Steven Gardiner would be concerned about in the 400 metres at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar was gold.

It was a good day for Caribbean 400-metre running at the 116th IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, with entrants from the Bahamas, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica all making it through to the event's final on Friday.

With financial issues looming large for the Bahamas, there is one man who promises to bring some light to the islands.

In the wake of the ravages of Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas athletics programme has taken a massive hit, with the sports minister decimating the country’s budget to take a team to the World Championships.

As it stands, the team will have to make do with US$25,000 and that may mean Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller, the countries 400-metre hopefuls, are the only ones who might be making it to the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Miller has been in spanking form this season, going unbeaten over both the 400 and 200 metres throughout, but now Gardiner seems ready to make the country proud with his exploits too.

At the weekend, the lanky one-lap man, crossed the tape at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial 2019 in Chorzow in a nippy 44.12 seconds.

Gardiner seems to like running in Chorzow, having set the meet record a year ago at the same meet, running 44.43 seconds.

This time around, Gardiner’s performance was dominant, winning the event by nearly two seconds, with the next-placed athlete, Yousif Rabah of Great Britain, only managing 46.02 seconds.

The United States’ Tyrell Richards was third in a disappointing 46.27.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo continued her unbeaten streak this season and Steven Gardiner won a 400m surrounded by controversy at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Steven Gardiner and Danniel Thomas-Dodd were Caribbean winners in Hungary on Tuesday at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial where they were also podium places for Fedrick Dacres, Janieve Russell and Stephenie-Ann McPherson.

 

The Bahamas will send only a men’s 4x400m relay team to the IAAF World Relays set for Yokohama, Japan from May 11-12.

That team will be comprised of Steven Gardiner, Alonzo Russell, O’Jay Ferguson, Andre Colebrook and Teray Smith.

The BAAA made the announcement via a statement released on Wednesday in which it cited a failure of to meet qualification standards as the reasons behind the decision not to enter a 4x100m or 4x200m squad or even a mixed relays team.

The Bahamas won the mixed relays when the championships they hosted the relays 2017. However, according to the BAAA things have changed dramatically since then.

“Within this track and field cycle, we are mindful of using every opportunity to qualify for the World Championships,” said Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mabeline Miller.

“This is why it was important to contest the traditional 4×100 and 4×100 events in Tokyo. Entry standards were only imposed in the 4×100 and 4×400 and are determined through the IAAF World Ranking list. The final entry deadline was on April 22, 2019.

“After submitting our entries, we received news today that the men’s and women’s 4×100 relay teams did not make the top 24, meaning that The Bahamas does not have a lane in those events. As a result, we have decided to withdraw our men’s 4×200 team as this is not an event on the World Championship schedule.”

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

Steven Gardiner and Trevor Barry of the Bahamas were the only Caribbean winners at the Kamili Skolimowskiej Memorial track meet in Poland on Wednesday.

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