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Women’s 4 x 400 Meters Relay Team sets a National Record!
Written by Cheroyln Moss    Saturday, 29 August 2015 18:19   

The talented team of Lanece Clarke, Christine Amertil, Katrina Seymour and Shaunae Miller gave it their best running in heat 2, lane 6 but their time of 3.28.46 would not secure them a positon into the finals.

All was not lost however, as that recorded time was in fact was a new national record for The Bahamas! Amertil said the team did what they had to do and ran a good race. According to Clarke, “our goal is to always do our best and represent our country well and to come out with a national record is superb.”

The women ran along with the USA who clocked 3.23.05 and Great Britain clocking 3.23.90; both teams would advance into the finals. Well done to The Bahamas’ 4 x 400 meters relay team!

Donald Thomas Veteran High Jumper at the IAAF World Championships!
Written by Cheroyln Moss    Saturday, 29 August 2015 18:16   

One athlete who is no stranger to competition is our very own Donald Thomas.

From 2006, Donald has been doing the rounds from the Olympics to World Championships to Commonwealth Games to Pan Am Games to CARIFTA. Thomas is a medal holder from each of those championships with gold being the medal color of choice. 2013 was the last time Thomas would have seen action at a World Championships where he was ranked 6th overall.

At the 2015 Beijing World Championships, Thomas has performed very well and that performance has secured him a spot in the finals. Thomas who said he is feeling well and is ready. “I am thankful to be in the finals and I would give it my all.”

Thomas heads into the finals scheduled for Sunday in 8th position…..Let’s hope for all the best for Donald Thomas.

Well done Thomas!

Shaunae Miller’s proud dad - Shaun Miller
Written by Cheroyln Moss    Saturday, 29 August 2015 10:51   

She gave a valiant effort as she ran in the finals of the women’s 400 meters; she had to give it her all since one of her competitors was three time Olympic gold medalist, Allyson Felix. When the runners crossed the finish line, Shaunae Miller would have a silver medal invitation to appear on the podium.

Bahamians all over were very proud of Shaunae’s performance; no one was more proud however, than her dad, Shaun Miller who was right there in Beijing keeping a keen eye on his talented daughter. Proud dad, says he was very proud as a father. “She went out there and she executed her race; I am very proud how she went out there and handled business for the Bahamas.” Miller said he was at the finish line and was concerned for his daughter somewhat because she was nursing an injury. He knew nonetheless, Shaunae would have to work extra hard having to compete against Felix.

“When I saw Felix come out hard, I was a little concerned and said to myself, I hope she (Shaunae) doesn’t come out from her race model,” says dad. “She stayed with it and did not panic; she sat back and ran the model her coaches had discuss with her.”

That model gave The Bahamas the second one of these championships. It seems the decision for the versatile Shaunae to run the 400 meters instead of the 200 meters paid off. Proud dad says they were very pleased with the decision….

Well done Shaunae Miller!

Leevan “Superman” Sands…..Proud of his overall performance
Written by Cheroyln Moss    Saturday, 29 August 2015 10:43   

Some athletes might be disappointed with not advancing to the finals but if you are an athlete who at your last competition you dislocated your knee, had to be lifted off the field on a gurney then placed in an ambulance all while being televised live in front of the world, you would be more than happy to just be performing!

Fast track a few years and we see that same athlete who left the field in excruciating pain now running, skipping and jumping his way into the finals We see no other than Bahamian triple jumper, Leevan “Superman” Sands!

With that said, we see why Sands says he is more than happy just to qualify and compete in the finals of the World Championships!

“I walked in here on my own strength and did my best and walked off!” Sands who says he is very thankful to the Lord and just happy to make the finals. “Making the finals was a great feeling, it was an amazing coming back, no one expected me to be here and I was excited just to be back here on the world stage.”

So what are the plans for this fighter of an athlete? Olympics maybe?

I am going to put my all into it and I know I am going to be ready,” says “the comeback kid.” With competition going to also be stiff in the triple jump at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sands would indeed have to put in a little extra. But first he must find a coach.

Sands has been training himself but realizes now that he needs an “extra eye.” “I have been working on my own since April; no coaching so I hope I can have someone to watch me in this upcoming season.” So if all goes as well, we expect to see Sands in 2016 at the Olympic Games in Rio …..We know he can do it!

Eloquently Sprinting her way to the Silver Medal – Miss Shaunae Miller
Written by Cheroyln Moss    Saturday, 29 August 2015 10:36   

She showed the world that she is in fact one of the best 400 meter athletes in the world. Her performance certainly made all Bahamians ponder on the song, “If you proud to be a Bahamian, put your hands up!”

Bahamians all over must have been very proud to see this talented athlete graciously run her way to the finish line securing her a spot on the podium. Decorated and versatile athlete, Bahamian Shaunae Miller is the new World Championships 400 Meters Silver Medalist!

“I am thankful to God who brought me a long way,” were the comments of the humble athlete after her race.

Miller who ran in the same heat as three time Olympic Gold Medalist, Allyson Felix knew she would have to do her utmost best to medal. “The competition was fierce as I expected all the ladies to bring their ‘A game’ and it was a fun race. I was glad to be a part of it to compete with the best in the world.”

Shaunae clocked a personal record time of 49.67 with Felix winning the gold with a time of 49.36. The proud Silver medalist says she is very thankful for her medal setting a personal record at the same time. “Getting my first World Championship medal is amazing and I am happy and having a lot of fun. I am young and have a few more years in the sport and I am expecting a lot more.”

Will we see another rivalry matchup with Felix in Rio?

According to Miller, it all depends which race they each decide to run. “I am expecting the best and I like a little competition. I am happy we all got to get out here and give each other a little push.”

Decorated Bahamian Triple Jumper, Leevan Sands……“I did it and it feels good!”
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:01   

He is back………

Following that devastating injury which occurred at the 2012 London Olympics, Sands is back and seems to be back in top shape.

Competing at the World Championships in Beijing, China, Sands who was very emotional at the time of our interview, says it feels so good to be back. Sands has a lot to be thankful for including qualifying for the finals of the triple jump.

According to Sands, this is a wonderful feeling for him as this is what he has worked so hard for. “Many people thought it could not happen; I am thankful to God for everything he has done for me.”

Due to stiff competition from his fellow jumpers, Sands knew that advancing to the finals would be extremely difficult. With a jump of 16.73 meters, Sand has a little bit of work to do if he is to medal. He faces tough competition from the USA athlete with a leap of 17.43 as well as the Cuban who jumped 17.28 meters.

Whatever the outcome, Sands said his goal was to make it into the finals. “Making it into the finals was a dream. I dreamt about this day with me jumping again after my injuries and to see it come through, I am so happy and excited,” admits the elated and hard-working jumper. So what are Sands plans to perform well in the finals?

“Well I am there (the finals) and the hardest part is getting there. Once you get into the finals, anything can happen.”

Sands’ goal is to qualify in the final 8; “my goal is to jump to at least 17.20 meters. I have to do that tomorrow.”

All the best to Leevan Sands as he heads into the finals of the men’s triple jump at the IAAF World Championships 2015!

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