3 Finals, but locals fail to capture medals at IAAF Indoor Champs

Grenada’s Bralon Taplin, center front, leads in a men’s 400 meter heat at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

There were three finals appearances but zero medals for Team Bahamas this past weekend.

The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships concluded this past Sunday and the Bahamas’ five-person roster missed out on the podium.

Nonetheless, a couple of season’s best times along with a new national indoor record, highlighted Team Bahamas’ trip to Birmingham, Great Britain.

Hurdler Devynne Charlton raced her way to the final in the women’s 60 meters hurdles on day three, March 3 and placed eighth. She registered a personal best time of 7.95 seconds and finished first in heat three this past Friday to advance into the semi-finals.

Charlton eventually finished second in the semi-finals and set a new national indoor record in the process with a time of 7.89 seconds. Sprinter Warren Fraser’s stint at the Indoor Championships came to a halt after advancing into the 60m dash semifinals this past Saturday. Fraser finished the semis race in sixth position with a new season’s best of 6.66 seconds.

Grand Bahama’s Alonzo Russell was part of a major first for the IAAF. During Friday’s preliminaries of the men’s 400 meters, all five competitors in heat three, which included Russell, were disqualified after it was discovered that all five sprinters ran out of their lanes.

On day one of competition Grand Bahama’s Donald Thomas and Jamal Wilson both competed in the men’s high jump. Nonetheless both jumpers missed out on a top three finish. Thomas finished in sixth place with a best jump of 2.20 meters. Wilson finished ninth at the same height as Thomas, but with misses in the process.

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