Gardiner pulls out again; Wilson finishes in three-way tie for fourth
It appears that Steven Gardiner’s injury has flared up again.
After much controversy following his withdrawal from the men’s 4×400 meters (m) relay at the IAAF World Relays two weekends ago, a large portion of the track and field community were waiting to see if he would make a scheduled appearance at the Shanghai Diamond League Meet in Shanghai, China, this past Saturday.
However, Gardiner pulled out of the men’s 400m, citing tendinitis in his Achilles. It’s the same injury which kept him out of the fourth running of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Relay Championships in Yokohama, Japan, two weekends ago. He was listed as one of the runners on The Bahamas’ 4x400m relay team, but pulled out at the last minute, and there was insufficient time for a replacement to fill in.
Gardiner said on Facebook: “Due To Having Tendinitis In My Achilles Area, I Was Ordered To Sit Out Of Competition In Tonight’s 10th Annual Diamond League In SHANGHAI! Thank You To My Supporters Friends And Family For Keeping Me Going Strong! Also Thanks To The Worlds GREATEST Doctor For Taking Great Care Of Me! I Feel Better Already. Up Next ADIDAS BOOST BOSTON GAMES!”
The Adidas Boost Boston Games is set for Sunday June 16, on the streets of Boston, Massachusetts.
It was a star-studded line-up in the men’s 400m at Shanghai Stadium on Saturday featuring American Diamond League winner from a year ago Fred Kerley; the Diamond League runner-up, Nathan Strother, also of the United States; fellow American Michael Cherry; Nathan Allen of Jamaica; Bralon Taplin of Grenada; Isaac Makwala of Botswana; and hometown favorite Yuang Wu of China.
Going into the race, six of the seven athletes had run under 45 seconds in their careers, including Kerley who is at number eight all-time at 43.70, and Makwala who is at number nine all-time at 43.72. Kerley won the race in 44.81 seconds, and Makwala pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury on the back curve.
Gardiner was unable to compete in Shanghai, but getting some action in for The Bahamas was Jamal Wilson in the men’s high.
Wilson cleared a season’s best 2.25m (7’ 4-1/2”) to finish in a three-way tie for fourth with Jeron Robinson of the United States and Commonwealth Games Champion Brandon Starc of Australia.
Hometown favorite Yu Wang, of China, won with a season’s best leap of 2.28m (7’ 5-3/4”), clearing that height on his first attempt. Maksim Nedasekau, of Belarus, and Ilya Ivanyuk, of Russia but representing the Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA), both went over that height on their third attempts, and had to settle for second and third respectively based on number of knockdowns in the competition.
Bahamian Donald Thomas was listed on the start list, but did not compete.
The 2019 Diamond League Shanghai was the second stop on the IAAF Diamond League Tour for 2019.
Over at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix Meet at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka, Japan, Pedrya Seymour turned in a third place finish in the women’s 100m hurdles. The national record holder finished in 12.90 seconds for third in a star-studded field.
American Sharika Nelvis outleaned former Olympic and two-time World Champion Sally Pearson, of Australia, for the win. Both were timed in 12.70 seconds.
At that same meet in the women’s 400m hurdles, Katrina Seymour had to settle for eighth in 58.04 seconds. That race was won by American Olympic Champion Dalilah Muhammad in 53.88 seconds. Tia-Adana Belle, of Barbados, was second in 55.42 seconds, and American Cassandra Tate finished third in 55.45 seconds.
Over at the 2019 Georgia High School Meet of Champions at Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia, Warren Fraser settled for a third place finish in the men’s 100m in 10.37 seconds. Former world record holder Asafa Powell, of Jamaica, won in 10.31 seconds, and his countryman Senoj-Jay Givans finished second in 10.34 seconds.
A trio of Bahamians saw action at the Meeting Athlétisme Guadeloupe at the Stade de Baie-Mahault in Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe, on Saturday.
Coming off his world championships qualifying leap in the men’s triple jump at the 12th Fritz Grant Track & Field Classic the week prior, Latario Collie had a best leap of 16.66m (54’ 8”) to finish third on Saturday. Bahamian Kaiwan Culmer was also in that competition, and finished eighth with a leap of 15.88m (52’ 1-1/4”). American Will Claye won with a leap of 17.40m (57’ 1”), and Chris Benard, also of the United States, finished second with a leap of 16.94m (55’ 7”).
Tynia Gaither continued her impressive season, finishing second in the women’s 200m. She crossed the finish line in 23.02 seconds. Winning that event was Jodie Williams of Great Britain, finishing in 22.92 seconds. Felicia Brown of the United States was third, finishing in 23.20 seconds.