Bahamas' Steven Gardiner cruises to 400m win in Poland

By August 22, 2018

Steven Gardiner and Trevor Barry of the Bahamas were the only Caribbean winners at the Kamili Skolimowskiej Memorial track meet in Poland on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, there was a fourth-place finish for former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, in the men’s 100m which the USA’s Ronnie Baker won in a world-leading time.

Gardiner, who had an injury scare while competing over the 200m in Stockholm in June, was an easy winner in the 400m. He crossed the line in 44.43s, almost a second clear of Poland’s Karol Zalewski (45.32) and the USA’s Christian Taylor (45.34).

In the high jump, Barry cleared 2.27m to take the gold medal over Jeron Robinson of the USA who cleared 2.24m, the same height as Mexico’s Edgar Rivera, who was third.

The performance of the meet, however, was Ronnie Baker’s 9.87s run in the 100m, which eclipsed Noah Lyles’ 9.88 as the fastest time in the world for 2018.

Baker was miles ahead of compatriot Mike Rodgers who was timed at 10.10. Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev was third in 10.21.

Powell, who was competing for the first time in months, after recovering from an Achilles injury clocked a creditable 10.24s for fourth.

Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart was also fourth in the women’s sprint in 11.41s.

The race was won by Poland’s Ewa Swoboda in 11.23. Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova-Collio and Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel were second and third, respectively, but both were credited with 11.31s.

 

 

 

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