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Mathieu advances to 400m semis; Fraser, Robinson made semis

Bahamian athletes struggled to advance in their respective events over the weekend as the 21st Commonwealth Games continued in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

In swimming, Izaak Bastian’s Sunday morning swim in the 50 meters (m) breast earned him an evening swim in the semifinals. He was fifth in his heat and qualified for the semis 15th overall in 29.39 seconds. In the semis at the Optus Aquatic Centre on Sunday night, Bastian swam 29.28 seconds to finish eighth and 15th overall.

Bastian, 17, has the 50m free on Monday and the 200m Individual Medley (IM) on Tuesday.

Both Bastian and Lilly Higgs travelled to Australia for the Commonwealth Games fresh from competition at the 33rd CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.

Higgs, 17, competed in the heats of the women’s 200m breast on Saturday. She finished fifth in her heat and 16th overall in 2:42.65.

Higgs came back on Sunday and swam in the heats of the 100m breast. She was eighth in her heat and 22nd overall in 1:12.78, failing to advance to the semis.

N’Nhyn Fernander, 19, was scheduled to swim in the heats of the men’s 100m free on Saturday and the heats of the 100m fly on Sunday, but did not start either event.

The track portion of the games got underway on Sunday at Carrara Stadium in the Gold Coast, with Warren Fraser and V’Alonee Robinson advancing to the semis of the men and women’s 100m, but they got no further.

Fraser, 26, ran 10.37 seconds to finish second in his first round heat and automatically qualify for the semis. In the semis that evening, he ran 10.44 seconds to finish eighth in his race and 20th overall. The other Bahamian in the men’s 100m, Shavez Hart, ran 10.53 seconds in his first round heat. Hart, 25, was third in his heat, finished 32nd overall and did not advance to the semis.

In the women’s 100m, Robinson ran 11.73 seconds in her first round heat. Robinson, 25, was fifth in her heat. In the semis that evening, she ran 12.09 seconds to finish eighth in that race and 24th overall.

Michael Mathieu advanced to the semifinals of the men’s 400m. Mathieu, 33, ran a pedestrian 46.97 seconds in his heat but was still able to move on. He was fifth in his heat and obtained the final qualifying spot for the semifinals.

The games continue today with more Bahamians in action.

Donald Thomas and Jamal Wilson are competing in the qualifying rounds of the men’s high jump. The top 12 out of 20 jumpers will advance to the final.

Also on Monday, Bastian swims in the heats of the men’s 50m free and Mathieu runs in the semis of the men’s 400m.

Bastian swims out of lane seven in the fifth of five heats at 11:11 a.m. (9:11 p.m. Sunday night in The Bahamas). The top 16 finishers will advance to the semifinals.

Mathieu runs out of lane two in the second of three semifinal heats at 8:04 p.m. Monday night (6:04 a.m. Monday morning in The Bahamas).

The 21st Commonwealth Games will continue until April 15 in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting

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