Gibson, Miller haul away medals at Commonwealth Games

Former Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt prepares to present women’s 200m gold medalist Bahamas Shaunae Miller-Uibo centre, with her medal at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Jeffery Gibson is back to form!

The 400 meter hurdles specialist proved that with his recent stint at the 2018 Commonwealth Games this past Thursday.

The Grand Bahama native added the country’s second silver medal in athletics during the men’s 400m hurdles in the Gold Coast (Australia).

It took a season’s best effort of 49.10 seconds and a dip at the finish line for Gibson to earn his spot on the medal podium, running out of a difficult lane eight. Kyron McMaster was the eventual gold medal winner with a time of 48.25 seconds. Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde hauled away the bronze behind Gibson in a time of 49.16 seconds.

Gibson was quoted after the race by, The Tribune, “I couldn’t be happier with myself. I think that sometimes we look at the statistics and not everyone comes back and medals in an event like this, with it being so early in the season to expect championship times and championship performances. So I’m elated and grateful that I can come back and medal,” he expressed.

In the Bishop Michael Eldon School product’s last appearance at the Games four years ago, Gibson landed the bronze medal in the men’s 400m hurdles.

Later, 400m Olympic gold medalist Shanuae Miller-Uibo added the country’s third medal for the Games in the women’s 200m finale.

Despite a stacked field of competitors, Miller-Uibo struck gold. Poetically, the recently minted gold medalist set a new Commonwealth Games record of 22.09 seconds.

The previous record was set by Golden Girl, Debbie Ferguson back in 2002 in Manchester, England with a time of 22.20 seconds.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson secured the silver medal in a personal best time of 22.18 seconds. A late dip by England’s Dina Asher-Smith helped her quest to medal in the event. She rounded out the top three with a time of 22.29 seconds ahead of Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who finished with a time of 22.30 seconds.

Bianca Stuart also competed in the women’s long jump final, finishing eighth overall with a distance of 6.30m. Canadian Christabel Nettey won the event with a jump of 6.84m, Australia’s Brooke Strattion, won the silver with a leap of 6.78m, and England’s Shara Proctor took bronze with a distance of 6.75m.

Latario Collie also competed earlier in the men’s triple jump qualifier. Collie punched his ticket to the final, to be competed April 14. Collie finished the qualifying round with a distance of 15.98m. He will jump third when the finale takes place at 1:15 a.m local time.
The Bahamas will be represented in the men’s 4x400m heat on Friday, April 13 at 10:05 p.m local time. The team will take the track in lane eight and compete in the second and final heat. There is no men’s 4x100m team nor a women’s 4x400m team.

The women’s 4x100m final will go to a straight final and will take place Saturday, April 14 at 12:57 a.m local time. Should the men’s 4x400m team qualify for the final, they will compete on Saturday as well, at 3:07 a.m local time.

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