Steven Gardiner

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Steven Gardiner
Allen and Gardiner London 2017.jpg
Personal information
Born (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 23)
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Sport
Country  Bahamas
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 400 metres
Coached by Gary Evans

Steven Gardiner (born 12 September 1995) is a Bahamian track and field sprinter who competes in the 400 metres. He has a personal best of 43.87 seconds for the distance. He was a silver medallist at the 2017 IAAF World Championships . He is also the National Record Holder for the 400m and 200m. He is the only Bahamian to run both sub 44 in the 400m and sub 20 in the 200m.

Early life

Gardiner was born in Murphy Town, Abaco in the Bahamas.[1] During his teenage years Gardiner was a competitive volleyball player, but did also run track and field. However, Gardiner wanted to transition to track in field in the shorter sprints, but his high school coach said he was too tall for the shorter sprints so he transitioned to become a 400m runner.[2]

Career

Gardiner competed in the sport in his teenage years and ran in the 400 m at the national championships in 2013. He entered three events at the 2014 CARIFTA Games: he only managed fourth in the individual 200 metres but claimed a silver in the 4×100 metres relay and a bronze in the 4×400 metres relay.[3] He marked himself as one of Bahamas top young athletes with a win at the Bahamain junior championships in June that year.[4] An appearance at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics resulted in a semi-final run in the 200 m and a sixth-place finish in the 4 × 400 m.[5]

His first senior medal came at the 2015 IAAF World Relays, held on home turf, where he gave American competitor Jeremy Wariner a close run in the 4 × 400 m, helping the Bahamas to the silver medal alongside Ramon Miller, Michael Mathieu and Chris Brown.[6] He began to focus on the 400 m in the 2015 season and this proved a successful transition. He rapidly improved to become the youngest Bahamian ever, at 19 years old, to run the distance under 45 seconds, and moved up to fourth on the Bahamian all-time lists with a best of 44.64 seconds. He set the time at the Bislett Games, which brought him victory on his debut on the IAAF Diamond League circuit, finishing ahead of Matthew Hudson-Smith and Pavel Maslak.[7][8]

Personal bests

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2014 CARIFTA Games Fort-de-France, Martinique 4th 200 m (u20) 20.87
2nd 4 × 100 m 40.35
3rd 4 × 400 m 3:11.32
World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 12th (sf) 200 m 20.89 (+1.8 m/s)
6th 4 × 400 m 3:08.08
2015 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 4 × 400 m 2:58.91
World Championships Beijing, China 16th (sf) 400 m 44.98
4 × 400 m DQ
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11th (sf) 400 m 44.72
3rd 4 × 400 m 2:58.49
2017 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 9th (h) 4 × 400 m 3:05.37
World Championships London, United Kingdom 2nd 400 m 44.41

References

  1. ^ Stubbs, Brent (2015-04-20). Steven Gardiner Clocks Personal Best In 400m To Qualify For Iaaf Worlds. Tribune 242. Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  2. ^ “Getting to Know Steven Gardiner.” Youtube, IAAF Diamond League, 11 May 2018, Getting to know Steven Gardiner.
  3. ^ Steven Gardiner. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  4. ^ Moss, Cheroyln (2014-07-02). Steven Gardiner – From Junior to Pro. Bahamas Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  5. ^ Steven Gardiner Honours. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  6. ^ Minshull, Phil (2015-05-04). Men's 4x400m – IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  7. ^ Stubbs, Brent (2015-06-12). Gardiner 'Boy Wonder'. Tribune 242. Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  8. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (2015-06-11). Zhang upsets the high jump favourites in Oslo – IAAF Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-14.

External links

  • Steven Gardiner at IAAF
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