|Mathieu continues winning ways ahead of Olympic Trials|
Published: Jun 14, 2012
Derrick Atkins wasn’t the only Bahamian blazing a trail at the NTC-Star Athletics Sprint Meet, in Clermont, Florida last weekend.
Michael Mathieu, who holds the leading time among Bahamians in the men’s 400 meters (m) this year, won that event in 45.63 seconds. He has a personal best time of 45.06 seconds this year, and also ran a new national record in the men’s 200m this year, recording a time of 20.16 seconds, in Belém, Brazil. Bahamians Andrae Williams and Jamaal Butler also ran in the men’s 400m, and finished 10th and 16th overall, in times of 46.91 seconds and 49.04 seconds respectively. In the men’s 110m hurdles, national record holder Shamar Sands finished sixth in a time of 13.65 seconds.
In the women’s 100m, Timicka Clarke was 16th overall, in 11.89 seconds. Also competing at the meet were Bahamians Lanece Clarke and Cottrell Martin in the women’s 400m. Both have made tremendous strides in that event this year. Clarke finished fifth in 52.95 seconds, and Martin was one spot behind her, in sixth, in 54.06 seconds.
Bahamians Petra McDonald and Tia Thompson also competed in the women’s 100m hurdles. McDonald was 19th overall, in 13.72 seconds, and former national record holder Thompson finished 22nd overall, in 14.23 seconds. Joining Atkins in the 100m were Jamial Rolle and Rodney Green. Rolle finished seventh, in 10.39 seconds, and Green was 10th overall, in 10.44 seconds.
All of those athletes are expected home next weekend to compete in the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials. So far, 21 track and field athletes have qualified, either at the ‘A’ or ‘B’ standard, for the 2012 London Olympic Games.