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The Bahamas finishes in eight-way tie for 30th

No medals for first time in 20 years
  • Ralph McKinney.

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Aug 19, 2013

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MOSCOW, Russia – For the first time in 20 years - a string of nine straight world championships - The Bahamas will be returning from the biggest global biennial meet in the world without a medal. The 25-member team came up short in the medal chart of these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships here in Moscow, Russia, but team manager Ralph McKinney said that they certainly don’t have anything to be ashamed about.

“The fact of the matter is, this is the world championships. Position wise, I think we were 30th in the world, so that’s good. We are a small country and it’s hard to win medals,” said McKinney. “As a country, we can’t look at the medals, but the fact that we came and qualified. We didn’t just send people. You had to qualify to be here, and that’s the most important thing.”

In actuality, The Bahamas finished in an eight-way tie for 30th, with eight total points – five from Shaunae Miller with her fourth place run in the women’s 200 meters (m), and three from former world champion Donald Thomas with his sixth place finish in the men’s high jump.

More than 200 nations took part in the world championships, and The Bahamas was tied for eighth.

The United States (US) won the championships with 282 total points, but was second behind host country Russia in the medal standings which was based on gold medal count. Russia was second overall, with 183 points, and Kenya finished third, with 139 points. Germany was fourth, with 102 points, and Jamaica, the top Caribbean country, rounded out the top five, with 100 points.

In the medal standings, Russia reigned supreme with 17 total medals – seven gold, four silver and six bronze. The US was second in the medal standings with 25 total medals – six gold, 14 silver and five bronze, and Jamaica rounded out the top three in the medal standings with nine total medals – an impressive six gold, two silver and one bronze.

The Bahamas failed to win a medal, but had three individual finalists and three additional semi-finalists.

“Like I tell people all the time, at this level, if you don’t do a season’s best or a national record, you won’t be on the medal stand. That’s just how it is. This is the world championships,” said McKinney.

The best performance came from young Miller, just 19 years old, in the women’s 200m final. Miller ran a time of 22.74 seconds for fourth place.

In the men’s high jump final, Thomas had a season’s best jump of 2.32m (7’ 7-1/4”) for sixth place, and Ryan Ingraham, also just 19, finished in a three-way tie for 10th, with a best clearance of 2.25m (7’ 4-1/2”).

The three Bahamian semi-finalists were Sheniqua Ferguson in the women’s 100m, Anthonique Strachan in the women’s 200m, and Chris Brown in the men’s 400m. Ferguson ran a time of 11.35 seconds, to finish tied for 16th overall, her highest ever individual finish at the world championships or Olympics, Strachan finished in a tie for ninth overall in the women’s 200m, in 22.81 seconds, and Brown ran a season’s best time of 45.18 seconds for 10th overall, just missing out on another major meet final. Coming into these world championships, he had made five of the past six finals at either the world championships or the Olympics.

In addition, the meet ended on a high note for The Bahamas, as the men’s sprint relay team of Adrian Griffith, Warren Fraser, Jamial Rolle and Shavez Hart, in that order, set a new national record of 38.70 seconds. They failed to qualify for the final, but anytime you set a national record, you certainly can’t be disappointed with that.

It was one of 25 national records set by men at these 14th world championships, and one of 49 in total.

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