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Athletes, coaches use free day to view Moscow

Young sprinters Strachan and Miller set to get on the track for 200m
  • Team Bahamas' Head Coach George Cleare poses in front of St. Basil's Cathedral on the team's free day at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Aug 15, 2013

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MOSCOW, Russia – With no events featuring Bahamians on Wednesday, a number of athletes, coaches and officials took time away from the 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships to enjoy some of the historic sites and beautiful scenes of Moscow.

On the schedule it was a half day for all events, and even the media had an official tour through the streets, and on the Moskva River of the Russian capital.

The city itself, the second largest in Europe, is the home of world renowned Kremlin which houses the Russian president, and unique design monuments and structures such as St. Basil’s Cathedral, Peter the Great Statue and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Moscow was transformed into a tourist haven, if only for one day, as thousands of visitors flocked to Red Square, an area which connects the city’s major highways. The buildings, shaped in castle-like, one-of-a-kind pyramid structures, were an instant attraction, and the local merchants were happy for a dramatic increase in souvenir sales.

Others took in the various cultural shows and scientific history of Moscow, one of the world’s most medieval destinations, and one of the most significant players on the world political stage over the centuries. It was in Russia in 1917 that V.I. Lenin sparked the Russian Revolution. And the country has also endured the days of Josef Stalin, the wily dictator who ruled with an iron hand.

But, it’s back to work for The Bahamas today though, as the world championships continue at the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena.

The heats of the women’s 200 meters (m), featuring three Bahamians, were contested at 10:55 a.m. today in Moscow, 2:55 a.m. in The Bahamas.

Shaunae Miller ran out of lane six in heat three, Anthonique Strachan ran out of lane eight in heat five, and Nivea Smith ran out of lane eight in heat six. The results of those races were unavailable up to press time, and the first three finishers in each heat and the next three fastest moved on to the semis.

Also today, Ryan Ingraham and Donald Thomas will compete in the final of the men’s high jump. Ingraham will be the third jumper and Thomas will jump 11th.

The heats of the men’s 4x400m will be held at 7:05 p.m. this evening in Moscow, 11:05 a.m. back in The Bahamas, and the women’s 200m semis will be contested at 7:45 p.m. tonight in Moscow, 11:45 a.m. back in The Bahamas.

The men’s 200m heats get underway tomorrow.


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