By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Journalist
USING a new racing pattern, Shaunae Miller-Uibo didn’t get the finish she expected, but it was smooth sailing for quarter mile Steven Gardiner, high jumper Jamal Wilson and triple jumper Tamara Myers.
The elite athletes competed in a series of competitions at three different locations over three days over the weekend.
While Gardiner and Wilson came out on top in Ponce, Puerto Rico on Thursday and Myers took the win in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Saturday, Miller-Uibo struggled in Doha, Qatar on Friday.
At the start of the Wanda Diamond League in Doha, Miller-Uibo faded to third place in the women’s 400m in 51.84 seconds. Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic took the win with a season best time of 51.20.
Paulino was the silver medalist behind Miller-Uibo as she won her second consecutive gold medal in the women’s 400m at the delayed 2020 Olympics last August in Tokyo, Japan.
Miller-Uibo, who had taken the lead down the home stretch, only to see Paulino take over down the home stretch. As Miller-Uibo tried to chase Paulino she ran out of real estate and as she slowed across the finish line Miller-Uibo was passed by Jamaica’s Stephanie Ann McPherson in a season best of 51 .69 for the second.
Miller-Uibo, the 400m champion at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, in March, was joined by two other members of the championships Bahamas team at the Doha meet.
Devynne Charlton, coming off her silver medal in the women’s 60m hurdles at the Indoor Worlds, ran 12.61 in Doha in the women’s 100m hurdles for fourth place in 12.61.
US world record holder Kendra Harrison took the tape in 12.43. Nigerian Tobi Amusan was second and Jamaican Britany Anderson was third in a photo-finish in 12.44.
And Anthonique Strachan, semi-finalist in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships, ran in 22.78 for fifth place in the women’s 200m while American Gabrielle Thomas ran a season best 21.98 for erase fellow American Felix Allyson’s meet record of 21.98 which she set in 2015.
Strachan’s Jamaican MVP sparring partner Shericka Jackson was second best of the season in 22.07; Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith was third in her season best time of 22.37 and American Tamara Clark was fourth in 22.72.
Gardiner/Wilson in Puerto Rico
Coming down to the 300m, Abaco native Steven Gardiner stretched his 6ft 3in frame for an easy victory in 31.52, well ahead of American Vernon Norwood, who took second in 31, 81. Jamaican Nathan Allen was third in 32.04.
In a field of five competitors, including two Bahamians, Jamal Wilson soared to victory with a jump of 7 feet, 3 ¼ inches or 2.22 meters in the men’s high jump. Donald Thomas finished at the other end of the spectrum in fifth place with 7-2 ¼ (2.19m).
Myers wins/Culmer second
Tamara Myers and Kaiwan Culmer picked up a win and second place respectively in the women’s and men’s triple jump at the Felix Sanchez Track Classic in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The duo were accompanied by their Leap of Faith trainer, James Rolle.
Myers, the Bahamas national record holder, climbed 43-11 ¾ (13.40m) to take the victory in the women’s triple jump, despite the rain and wind.
Culmer finished second in the men’s segment of the jump, jump and jump event with 51-5 ½ (15.68m). American Donald Scott cleared 52-11 (16.13m) to snatch the title.
Two other Bahamians also participated in the competition. Bahamian great Alonzo Russell took fifth in the men’s 400m in 46.00, while Shakeem Smith had to settle for sixth in the men’s 400m hurdles in 51.24.