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Bahamians excel at Sainbury’s Anniversary Games in London

Strachan finishes third in 200m; Stuart second to Johnson-Thompson in the women’s long jump
  • RUNNING STRONG: Bahamian Anthonique Strachan turned in a time of 22.63 seconds to finish third in the women’s 200m at the Sainbury’s Anniversary Games Diamond League Meet in London, England, on Saturday.

  • JUMPING FOR GOLD: Bianca Stuart was second behind British athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, whose father is a Bahamian, in the women’s long jump at the Sainbury’s Anniversary Games Diamond League Meet in London, England.

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Jul 29, 2013

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One may say that Anthonique Strachan is rounding into form and should be ready to turn in a stellar performance when the 14th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships roll around in less than two weeks.

At the Sainbury’s Anniversary Games, a Diamond League meet held in London, England, over the weekend, Strachan stopped the clock in 22.63 seconds, in the women’s 200 meters (m). She placed third behind Americans Allyson Felix and Shalonda Solomon who crossed the finish line in 22.41 and 22.50 seconds respectively.

Strachan is set to run the 200m heading at the World Championships, which will be held in Moscow, Russia, August 10-18. She has a season’s best time of 22.32 seconds, the sixth fastest time in the world this year.

Strachan was one of two Bahamians who competed this past weekend. In the women’s long jump event, Bianca Stuart soared 6.46m (21’ 2-1/2”) for a second place finish behind British athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, whose father is a Bahamian. Both athletes had a best jump of 6.46m, but Johnson-Thompson had a better second jump than Stuart. Stuart has a best mark so far this season, of 6.73m (22’ 1”) and will be on The Bahamas’ team for Moscow.

Ramon Miller was also in the line-up for the men’s 400m at the Sainbury’s Anniversary Games, but decided not run. After competing in one event in the Diamond League, he is ranked fifth in the 400m with two points. The event’s leader is Kirani James of Grenada. James has 14 points after four events.

Miller is the 10th fastest quarter-miler this year, with a season’s best time of 44.93 seconds.

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