|Golden Knights show off their hardware|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 20, 2012
The celebrations continued for the Golden Knights as Bahamians lined the streets of New Providence to catch a glimpse of the latest gold medalists at the Olympic level.
The jubilant crowd congratulated and thanked Chris ‘The Fireman’ Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller for a job well done in London. One eager young man shouted, “Thanks for setting a high standard for all of the young people in the country to follow.” Another said the gold medal has inspired all, especially young athletes with dreams of becoming Olympians.
On Friday, August 10, the quartet inked their names into the history books on both the international and local scenes, when they ran off with the gold medal in the 4x400 meters (m).
A new national record time of 2:56.72 was set when Miller, who anchored the team, crossed the finish line. It also marked the first time the United States of America (USA) lost the event on the track at the Olympic level in 60 years. The last time the USA lost was in 1952, when they were defeated by Jamaica.
The USA clocked 2:57.05 for the silver and Trinidad and Tobago was third in 2:59.40.
The gold was the only medal won by Team Bahamas at the London Olympic Games, which got underway July 27 and wrapped-up on Sunday, August, 12.
The Bahamas was tied for 16th in the medal count with countries like Algeria, Croatia, Grenada, Hungary, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and Uganda. Overall, The Bahamas was 50th with Algeria, Grenada, Uganda and Venezuela. The 31st hosting of the quadrennial games will move to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.
There are plans for the quartet to travel to some of the Family Islands.