Bahamian sprinter Tynia Gaither has named decorated Jamaica star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as one of her biggest inspirations after claiming a rare bronze medal for the country, at the Pan American Games last week.

On Friday, the 26-year-old Gaither crossed the line in 27.76 seconds, well behind winner Fraser-Pryce, who broke a 40-year-old record after clocking 22.43 to take gold.  Despite finishing some way behind Jamaican and getting passed by Brazil’s Vitoria Rosa, close to the line, the achievement was a significant one.  In fact, only three Bahamian women have done what Gaither did and all were a part of the nation’s golden generation.

In 1987, Pauline Davis-Thompson earned the first medal for the Bahamas sprinters at the event when she secured the bronze medal in the 100 and 200m.  In 1999, Chandra Sturrup clinched the first gold in the 100m and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie followed by snatching the gold in the 200m.  Sturrup was the last female sprinter to medal at the Games after claiming a bronze in the 100m in 2007.

“Shelly-Ann is one of my idols, so every time I get to line up with her I’m on cloud nine,” Gaither told the Bahamas Tribune.

“She pushes me to a different level. I raced against her a few times and I can honestly say, I had some of my best races. So just to be able to be in that calibre with her was great. I wasn’t really nervous. I felt it was just a blessing to be there,”

Bahamian Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo has admitted she is considering the 200m, 400m sprint double at the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Doha but only if the organisers amend the schedule.

The 25-year-old star has displayed splendid form over both distances for the past several months. Her most recent outing, a dominant half-lap sprint at the Herculis EBS in Monaco last Friday, saw Miller-Uibo pull clear of a quality field, which included 2016 Olympic 100-200m champion Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers, the 2017 world 200m champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist. The athlete is even more of a dominant force in the one-lap event but knows first hand the demands of attempting the sprint double. At the 2017 World Championships, an obviously overworked Miller-Uibo settled for the bronze medal in the 200 metres race and finished fourth in the 400 metres event.

Impressed with her performance at the weekend, however, the athlete admitted that attempting the double was once again a possibility. "I feel pretty good, like I did a good job out there," Miller-Uibo said. "I'm happy with how the race went. The quicker I get at 200m, the quicker I'd be at 400 and I'm really happy with where I'm at right now.” “My coach said he was very happy with how I ran the turn. If they can change the timetable for the Olympics, I'd be more than happy to double."

 

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.”

Jamaica swept the sprint relays, the sprint hurdles and the 4x400m relays on Sunday’s final day to close out the 2019 Carifta Games in emphatic fashion.

Budding Jamaica sprint star Briana Williams stayed on course for a sprint double at the 2019 Carifta Games after progressing easily from the preliminary round of the U-20 200m on Sunday.

Competing in heat 1, Williams motored away from the field to stop the clock at 23.38, well ahead of second place Beyonce Defreitas (23.91) of the British Virgin Islands.  Third place Deshana Skeete (23.92) of Guyana was also through to the next round after qualifying as one of the fastest losers.

William’s compatriot Joanne Reid was also safely through to the final after claiming top spot in heat 2.  Reid clocked 23.61 to claim first place, comfortably ahead of Alya Stanisclaus who was second in 23.72.  Kayon Stubbs of the Bahamas was third in 24.07 but also qualified as one of the fastest losers.

Bahamas’ Jaida Knowles triumphed in heat 3 after stopping the clock in 23.44, with Akila Lewis second in 24.03.  The final of the event will take place at 8:30 pm on Sunday night.  Williams will head into the event with the fastest time.

 

 

With the 2018 BAAA elections now behind him, new president Drumeco Archer is targeting fundraising and rebranding the association as he begins a process of transformation.

Newly elected president of the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA) Drumeco Archer believes his slate’s message of making the next administration the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T) resonated well with voters that swept Rosamunde Carey and her executive from their seats of power on Saturday.

The winds of change blew through the Bahamas Association of Athletic Association (BAAA) on Saturday, sweeping Rosamunde Carey and her entire executive from office after only one term in office.

Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and Aguilla all enjoyed a series of firsts on Sunday in 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying.

The day started with Turks and Caicos Islands (1W-0D-2L, 3 points) earning its first victory in CNLQ in an exciting 3-2 final over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1W-0D-2L, 3 points) at the TCIFA National Academy in Providenciales.

A pair of first half goals from Billy Forbes (7’, 43’) gave Turks and Caicos Islands a dream start, but Vincy Heat would respond with two late goals from Jahvin Sutherland (86’) and Nazir McBurnette (88’).

However, the home fans would leave happy as Jepthe Francois converted from close-range in the 89’ to set off the Turks and Caicos Islands celebration.

It was also a first for both Bahamas (0W-1D-2L, 1 points) and Anguilla (0W-1D-2L, 1 point) as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, thus earning their first respective goal and point in CNLQ.

A slick pass from Kapil Battice set up Glenville Rogers’ opener for Anguilla in the 30’, but Bahamas would answer in the 62’ thanks to Nesly Jean’s header.

Barbados (1W-1D-1L, 4 points collected its first victory of CNLQ with a 3-0 triumph over United States Virgin Islands (0W-0D-3L, 0 points) at Wildey Astro Turf in Wildey.

Goals from Hadan Holligan (25’), Raheim Sargeant (80’) and Mario Harte (89’) paced the Bajan Tridents to the three points.

Capping the day was a clash of unbeaten teams as Saint Kitts and Nevis hosted Canada at Warner Park in Basseterre.

It was largely a cagey first half until Atiba Hutchinson broke the deadlock in the 44’ with a soaring header.

It was all the advantage Canada needed as its defense did the rest in the second half to seal the three points and put Canada (3W-0D-0L, 9 points) on the verge of a spot in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Meanwhile, Saint Kitts and Nevis fell to 2W-0D-1L, six points.

 Drumeco Archer believes president Rosamunde Carey runs a partisan executive and he plans to change that should he win the presidency of the BAAA on November 24.

Drumeco Archer plans to revolutionize track and field in the Bahamas if he becomes president when BAAA elections are held on November 24.

The current administration the Bahamas Association of Athletics Association (BAAA) is confident it will be returned to office following elections due on November 24.

Following his gold medal performance at the Pan American Sambo and Combat Sambo Championships in Mexico a fortnight ago, Jamaica’s Matthew Colquhoun unleashed clinical destruction of Turkey’s Emre Orun in the Bahamas on Friday night.

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Jamaican sprinters Michael Stephens and Michael Bentley were among the fastest qualifiers for the semi-finals of the 100m as action concluded in the morning session of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Tuesday.

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