The past two days have shown just how strong the Bahamas are in athletics and sport.
Just one day after Antoine Andrews won gold for the Bahamas at World Juniors, another St. John’s College product, LaQuan Nairn, won gold at the 22nd Commonwealth Games.
Nairn landed a massive jump of 8.08 meters (m) – 26 feet 6-1/4 inches – in his second attempt to win gold at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England on Thursday. India’s Sreeshankar Sreeshankar did the same with his 8.08 m jump, but Nairn gave him the edge with his second best jump. South Africa’s Jovan Van Vuuren won the bronze medal for his highest jump of 8.06 m (26 ft 5-1/2 in).
Nairn, who has run around 8 meters all season, showed off an impressive array of jumps, jumping 7.94 m (26 ft 0-3/4 in) in the first round, 8.08 m in the second round, and jumping 8.08 m in the second round. committed a foul on 7.84m (25′ 8-3/4”) and his fourth round before finishing with a jump of 7.98m (26′ 2-1/4”). It was an indoor wire-to-wire victory for the Bahamian national record holder.
His win was no big surprise as he reached the final with the second best jump in qualifying and was ranked ninth on the 2022 World Athletics Top Performance list. At 26 feet 11-3/4 inches, he is second only to national record holder Craig Hepburn among Bahamian athletes in the men’s long jump.
Nairn’s glorious gold medal is the 38th in the history of the Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, with 11 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze.
Nairn is finishing up his performance at the World Athletics Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He failed to reach the men’s long jump final but bounced back big in Birmingham. Also a gold medal.
Also competing in the Bahamas at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday were Kendrick Thompson in the men’s decathlon, Denisha Cartwright in the women’s 200m heat, and cyclists Rollin Sawyer and Felix Neely.
Cartwright finished fifth in her first round heat of the women’s 200m and finished 25th overall with a run of 24.49 seconds. She missed out on making it to the semi-finals by two seconds of her 100th. TyNia Gaither was also scheduled to compete in the women’s 200 m heat, but her race start was a no-show and the official race sheet listed her as DNS (did not start).
Thompson started the men’s decathlon competing in the men’s 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m. His best placement in five events was in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.43 m (24 ft 4-1/2 in) where he placed 4th.
Thompson ran under 11.18 seconds in the men’s 100 meters, jumped 7.43 meters (24 ft 4-1/2 in) in the men’s long jump, and threw 11.63 meters (38 ft 1-3/4 in) in the men’s shot. . Pat, in the men’s high jump he cleared 1.94m (6’4-1/4″) and in the men’s 400m he closed out the first day of competition with a run of 50.07 seconds.
Thompson now sits seventh in the competition with a total of 3,883 points. He is making history at his Commonwealth Games as the first Bahamian to compete in a Bahamian multi-event competition.
The Caribbean, and Grenada in particular, are well represented among the medal contenders, with defending champion Lyndon Victor leading the way with 4,327 points and compatriot Kurt Felix in bronze with 4,145 points. Australia’s Cedric Doubler has 4,242 points and he is sandwiched between the two Grenadians.
The men’s decathlon ends today in the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500m.
In cycling’s men’s individual time trial, Rollin Sawyer finished 44th overall out of 54 participants in 1:02:19.72, about 16 minutes behind the winner. He produced an average speed of 36.003 kilometers per hour on his course of 37.4 kilometers. Felix Neely finished 54th overall in 1:07:58.03, about 21 and a half minutes behind the winner. His average speed was 33.016 kilometers per hour.
Australia’s Rohan Dennis took gold in 46:21.24, England’s Fred Wright took silver with a ride of 46:47.52, and Wales’ Geraint Thomas took bronze with 46 rides. 49.73.
Joining Thompson today is Devin Charlton in the women’s 100m hurdles semifinals and Alonzo Russell in the men’s 400m semifinals.
Charlton will run out lane 5 in the second heat of three semi-finals in the women’s 100m hurdles at 5:36 a.m. EST in the Bahamas. The top two finishers from each semi-final heat and her next-second fastest time will advance to Sunday’s finals. In the men’s 400 m semi-final, Russell runs out lane 9 in the third heat of his three semi-finals at 4:20pm.
Over the weekend, Rashji Mackey and Thorn Demeritte will compete in men’s freestyle wrestling in the Bahamas.
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