Will TyNia run for NACAC?

It’s been a busy three weeks for Bahamian sprinter Tinia Gaither from Eugene, Oregon, to Birmingham, England, to Chorzów, Poland, and finally Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

The Bahamas Speedster has been named to Team Bahamas for the 4th Annual North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Athletics Championships next weekend at the Grand Bahamas Sports Complex in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. , the question is, does she run? Gaither has already said he has doubts about competing due to a tight schedule.

Gaither, 29, hails from Freeport, Grand Bahamas and is considered the premier female sprinter from the second largest city in the country. So with the first-ever regional championships in the Bahamas, she’ll want to run at her home, Freeport. What’s more, her victory would give her a wildcard entry to next year’s World Athletics Outdoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Gaither is listed to run the 100 and 200 meters (m) at Freeport and the women’s 4x100m relay. She’s part of her 30-man team representing here in the Bahamas. However, it remains to be seen if Gaither will compete. Following the NACAC, Wanda has a few more matches still on the schedule in Europe before her Diamonds her league final in Zurich, Switzerland on September 7-8.

Gaither at her final event, the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Meet, called the Gyulai Istvan Memorial-Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix Meet, held in Szekesfehervar, Hungary on Monday. finished fifth in the women’s 200m in 22.63 seconds. The second fastest woman ever in that event, Jamaican girlfriend Shericka Jackson won with her 22.02 seconds, Swiss girlfriend Mujinga Kambundji with her 22.45 seconds she came second, and American Kayla White rounded out the top three with her 22.46 seconds. Another American, Tamara Clarke, also finished ahead of Gaither, putting her in fourth place in 22.56 seconds.

It’s been a phenomenal year for Gaither, approaching his personal best time (PB) in the 100m and setting a new PB in the 200m. The latter has always been her favorite event. In her 200 m she is a two-time World Athletics Championships finalist, only missing out on her third straight final appearance this year in Eugene, Oregon. Still, she was able to put out her personal best of 22.41 seconds in the women’s 200 m semi-final in Eugene.

Gaither’s personal best in the 100m is 11.02 seconds, just over the 11-second barrier. She ranks eighth all-time among Bahamians in the women’s 100m and seventh among Bahamians in the women’s 200m.

Another Bahamian took to the field on Monday at the Brejo Athletic Center in Szekesfehervaal, Hungary.

Donald Thomas, 15 years away from that world title in Osaka, Japan, finished tied for sixth in the high jump by clearing 2.14m (7′ 0-1/4″). Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberg won by clearing 2.24m (7′ 4-1/4”). Germany’s Tobias Pottier was second. He also cleared 2.24m but was knocked down. Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko finished third with a clearance of 2.18m (7′ 1-3/4”).

Gaither, meanwhile, appears to have his sights set on finishing the season strong by qualifying for the Wanda Diamond League Final in Zurich. Only the top eight competitors in each event will advance to the finals. Gaither now ties her fifth place in the women’s 200 m standings to her tie for fourth place with her 10 points. She is 5 points from her 4th place finish in Stockholm, Sweden at the end of June and 5 points from her 4th place finish in Chorzow, Poland. past saturday.

If Gaither stays in the Top 8, he’ll have a chance to qualify for the finals in Zurich and become the Wanda Diamond League Champion.

In the past three weeks, Gaither has run eight races. 100m is 4 rounds and 200m is 4 rounds. Either way, she continues to make good progress through what has been one of her better seasons in track and field. Will TyNia run for NACAC?

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