Injury worry for Gardiner as Bahamian defeated in Stockholm

By June 10, 2018

Bahamian star Steve Gardiner suffered the rare taste of defeat in the men’s 200m this year but could have even bigger worries as he seemed to pull up with an injury at Stockholm Diamond League on Sunday.

Gardiner, who set the Bahamian record national record with a brisk 19.75 earlier this season, went into the meet with two dominant 400m Diamond League performances already under his belt.  Unlike the Doha and Shanghai meets where he eventually pulled clear of the field for impressive wins, Gardiner grimaced, breaking stride at the top of the stretch before slowing to a jog.

The athlete did eventually finish the race in a pedestrian 23.35 but the severity of the issue that caused him to stop in the first place remains a mystery.  Gardiner had, however, found himself with a bit of work to do in pursuit of 200m World Champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey who held a slight advantage with about 100m to go. Guliyev went on to win the race in 19.92 with Aaron Brown of Canada second in 20.07 and Luxolo Adams of South Africa third in 20.36.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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