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The Bahamas finishes 21st at Commonwealth Games

For the sixth straight edition of the Commonwealth Games, The Bahamas has collected at least two medals, solidifying itself as a major player, per capita, in sports.

The Bahamas finished 21st at the 21st Commonwealth Games, which wrapped up on Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s birthday, on Sunday, in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In total, the country collected four medals – one gold and three silver medals.

Host country Australia dominated, winning 198 total medals – 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze medals. England had a balanced effort with 45 gold, 45 silver and 46 bronze for 136 total medals; India was third with 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze for 66 total medals. Jamaica was the top Caribbean country, with 27 total medals – seven gold, nine silver and 11 bronze, but were uncharacteristically shut out of the sprints in terms of gold medals. Even The Bahamas topped Jamaica in that department, with Shaunae Miller-Uibo winning gold in the women’s 200m.

South Africa’s Akani Simbine won the men’s 100 meters (m), and he was followed by his countryman Henricho Bruintjies. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake was pushed back to third. Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards won the men’s 200m, and Isaac Makwala, of Botswana, took the men’s 400m.

In the women’s sprints, Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye won the 100m; Miller-Uibo blazed to victory in the 200m, and Botswana’s Amantle Montsho continued her comeback, winning the women’s 400m. Miller-Uibo was sensational in the half lap event, running 22.09 seconds to erase the 16-year games record of 22.20 seconds that was set by The Bahamas’ own Debbie Ferguson in Manchester, England, in 2002.

The Bahamas’ three silver medals came from Jamal Wilson, in the men’s high jump; Jeffery Gibson, in the men’s 400m hurdles; and the men’s 4x400m relay team of Ojay Ferguson, Teray Smith, Stephen Newbold and Alonzo Russell, in that order.

Wilson had a season’s best clearance of 2.30m (7’ 6-1/2”) to win the silver medal in the men’s high jump. Brandon Starc, of Australia, went over the bar at 2.32m (7’ 7-1/4”) on his first attempt for the win. Canada’s Django Lovett finished third, going over the bar at 2.30m, but losing the silver based on number of knockdowns. The Bahamas’ Donald Thomas settled for fourth with a clearance of 2.27m (7’ 5-1/5”).

National record holder in the men’s 400m hurdles Gibson finished in a season’s best time of 49.10 seconds for the silver medal, his fastest time in two years. Kyron McMaster, of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), won in 48.25 seconds. Jamaican Jaheel Hyde completed the Caribbean sweep, finishing third in 49.16 seconds.

The Bahamas men’s 4x400m relay team finished second in 3:01.92. Botswana, anchored by open 400m winner Isaac Makwala, won the gold in 3:01.78. Jamaica won the bronze in 3:01.97.

The Bahamas’ best finish in swimming was a fourth place finish from Joanna Evans in the women’s 400m free. Evans was timed in 4:08.82 – about a second off her national record time of 4:07.60 that was done at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and about a second and a half out of medal position. Ariarne Titmus, of Australia, won the gold medal in a new games record of 4:00.93, and England occupied the second and third spots as Holly Hibbott finished in 4:05.31 for the silver medal, and Eleanor Faulkner won the bronze in 4:07.35.

A number of other Bahamians made the finals of their respective events.

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