Bahamian senior athletes Donald Thomas and Steven Gardiner went into Doha, Qatar and walked away with top place performances this past Friday.
While Gardiner walked away as the top place finisher in the men’s 400 meters, Grand Bahama native Thomas finished third out of 11 competitors in the men’s high jump.
Thomas’s best jump was marked at 2.29m (7'5''), which earned him six points on the day. Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim was the top place man with a first place mark of 2.36m (7'7'') and eight points, followed by Robert Grabarz of Great Britain who took second place in a jump of 2.31m (7'6'').
Gardiner had the highlight of the night and showed that he will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the men’s 400m. Video surfaced of
Gardiner’s run as Gardiner continued to build momentum as one of the World’s top 400m sprinters.
As he ran out of lane three next to the United States’ LaShawn Merritt, “Stevie” kicked into high gear on the backstretch and used the final 200m to make his final move. From there it was all Gardiner in the final 100m. Gardiner clocked 44.60 seconds as he came across the finish line and totaled eight points in the event.
Merritt clocked 44.78 seconds to finish second behind Gardiner and earned seven points in the event. Fellow American Tony McQuay finished third with a time of 44.92 seconds and earned six points for the race.
Gardiner, who recently helped team Bahamas win the gold in the mixed 4x400 meters at the IAAF/BTC World Relays, still holds the world leading time in the 400m, with 44.26 seconds.
Next up will be the Shanghai Diamond League in China on May 13, followed by the Eugene Diamond League on May 26.