The Nassau Guardian’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year
It wasn’t his best year on the track, in terms of time, but the gold medal won at the 13th Annual International Association of Athletic Federation’s(IAAF)World Indoor Championships has allowed Chris’The Fireman’Brown to run away withThe Nassau Guardian’sSenior Male Athlete of the Year honor.
Even though the quarter-miler hailing from Eleuthera, Brown, decided to close his season early this year, his performances at the various meets on the international circuit helped him edge out the stack field of professional and amateurs senior male athletes, in the country. Brown outscored professional basketball player Eric Gordon by one and Donald Thomas by two.
This is the first individual gold medal for Brown, who ran 45.96 seconds at the championships held in Doha, Qatar. It was a major feat for the national record holder which came at a perfect time. At the 12th Annual IAAF World Indoor Championships he placed third, in 46.26 seconds and came close to medaling at various international meets, such as the Olympic Games. And despite his times this season, and a third place finishing at the Bahamas Associations of Athletic Association(BAAA)BTC National Championships, behind Demertius Pinder and Andretti Bain, Brown is still considered one of the best quarter-milers in the world and indeed the country. He is ranked among the top 20 in the one lap event, with a season’s best time of 45.96 seconds, in outdoors. His best, on the outdoor circuit, of 44.40 seconds is the national record for the event and 45.78 seconds is considered the leading time for indoors.
The seventh overall pick to the Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association(NBA)2008 draft, Gordon, is having a stellar year. The 6-feet-3, 215 pounds guard averages has played in 31 games, so far on the season, and 62 last year. He is ranked 10, on the NBA’s scoring leaders board for points per game
with 23.8 points. In the last three games played, this season, Gordon had a combined score of 72 points, 12 rebounds and assists with three steals.
Soaring his way back to the top of the list is high jumper Donald Thomas and is now the sixth ranked jumper in the world. Thomas won a gold at the Commonwealth Games, the Central American and Caribbean Games and the BAAA BTC National Championships. At the IAAF Continental Cup, Thomas captured the silver medal with a clearance of 2.28 meters(m)and 2.18m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, which he placed 15th overall. Leevan’Superman’Sands came in fourth this year with 65 points. Sands who is known for his gracefully landings in the triple jump pit, had a short season too. But before closing the year he won a gold at the CAC Games and made the crowd cheer at the BAAA BTC National Championships because of his amazing performance, which placed him atop of the field.
Not only did Valentino Knowles boxed his way in to the top five this year, but the country’s history books as well. Knowles wasn’t quite done after a superb year in 2009. He was the first Bahamian to win a bout at the World Championships last year and returned this year to capture a medal at the Commonwealth Games. The bronze was won in the Light Welter Weight division(64kg).
Trevor Barry, Vereance Burrows and Devin Mullings finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Barry totalled 60 points, Burrows 59 and Mullings 52 points. Also listed in the top 10 were baseball sensation Antoan Richardson with 50 points and basketball player Magnum Rolle with 41 points.