Injured Miller crashes out of men’s 400m
Guardian Sports Editor
Published: Aug 12, 2013
MOSCOW, Russia – For a significant part of the year, this was certainly looking like a coming out party for Ramon Miller in the individual 400 meters (m).
Miller made a name for himself at last year’s Olympic Games, anchoring the ‘Golden Knights’ to victory in the men’s 4x400m relay, and this year, he certainly established himself as the country’s fastest quarter-miler, particularly with Grand Bahamian Demetrius Pinder down with a hamstring injury. Some even had Miller as The Bahamas’ best chance for an individual medal at these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships here in Moscow, Russia.
The fearless quarter-miler was running well, looked good in his practice sessions, doing a lot of speed work, and even set a new personal best over 300m.
Then, the unthinkable happened. Miller said that he suffered a hamstring injury, and was unable to compete like he wanted to in his opening round heat.
Miller turned in his worst time of the season, running a dismal 47.53 seconds in his heat on Sunday morning. He was fifth in that heat, and finished 29th overall.
“It was just one of those things that happen,” said Miller yesterday. “My hamstring was sore, and I couldn’t compete like I wanted to. It’s disappointing, because I feel like I was ready, but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”
Miller leads all Bahamians this year with a 44.93 posting, he turned in at the BTC National Track and Field Championships. He is the only Bahamian quarter-miler to run under 45 seconds this year. However, it appears that he suffered the hamstring injury at the most inopportune time.
Also, it appears that he is out of the relay picture, meaning that the country will certainly be hard pressed to duplicate last year’s golden run in the men’s 4x400m relay.
Miller said that he’ll just take it one day at a time, and see how he feels when the day comes.
The Bahamas’ Golden Knights’ are already missing Pinder, Miller appears to be out, and Michael Mathieu’s availability is still up in the air, as he is entered to run the 200m here in Moscow.
It might be up to Chris Brown and the young guns – Wesley Neymour, Ojay Ferguson and probably even Jeffery Gibson, to get The Bahamas around the track in the men’s 1,600m relay.
Head Coach George Cleare said that they remain optimistic and hopeful. Coaches have up until one hour before the start of the heats on Thursday to submit a line-up, and Cleare said that more than likely, they will utilize that entire time, just like coaches did at last year’s Olympic Games.
As for Miller, it remains to be seen if he will be a factor.