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Anthonique Strachan raises hopes for revitalized career

Fred Sturrup is currently in Lima, Peru, as a part of a 2019 Pan American Games journalistic program. Following is his Sports Scope column from the games:

LIMA, Peru — Anthonique Strachan has been entered for the 200 meters (m) and sprint relay at the 18th Pan American Games, presently going on here in Lima, Peru.

Track and field begins today on the Pan Am schedule and one of the athletes for The Bahamas being watched mostly, by the world, is the 5’ 9”, 25-year-old sprinter Anthonique Strachan.

There is somewhat of a global focus on her, because once, not too long ago (2011-2012), she was arguably the finest female junior sprinter in the entire world. The expectations for continuity of excellence as a senior were high for her, around the world indeed.

A series of injuries and circumstances, however, dashed hopes of her transitioning from high level junior success to senior quality consistency on the track.

She became a senior following one of the most dynamic junior careers in world track and field history. From 2009 to 2012, Strachan was sensational. In fact, her junior resume is incredible, and actually enough, alone, to make her a future National Hall of Fame inductee.

She achieved the following as a junior: 2009 – CARIFTA (youth) 200 meters silver, sprint relay bonze; 2010 – Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships 1600 meters relay bronze, CARIFTA (junior) sprint relay silver; 2011 – CARIFTA (junior) 100 and 200 meters gold, Pan Am 200 meters gold and 100 meters silver plus sprint relay gold and 1600 meters relay bronze, CAC Junior Championships 200 meters silver and sprint relay bronze; 2012 – CARIFTA Games 100 and 200 meters and sprint relay gold, and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships 100 and 200 meters gold.

She was a double CARIFTA most outstanding performer and was sitting on top of the junior track and field world, 2011-2012. She had registered a 100m best of 11.20 seconds in 2012, and the following year, she dropped her 200m personal best to 22.32.

Then, she sort of headed toward a wall. Although she had creditable seasons in 2014 and 2015, she never looked capable of recapturing the form she showed the world in 2012 and 2013. Quite frankly, up to now, she has not lived up to the lofty goals some had set for her as a senior competitor.

Recently though, it has been looking as if she is poised for a career resurgence. She showed signs of bouncing back, with an excellent leg of the mixed 1600m event at the 2017 IAAF World Relays. Strachan, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Michael Mathieu and Steven Gardiner won a gold medal for The Bahamas.

In 2018, Strachan ran 23.52 seconds in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. Early last month, Strachan clocked 22.81 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland.

One gets the feeling that some kind of a breakthrough is on the horizon. Strachan will be 26 later this month (August 22), and, the view here is that the time is now if she hopes to revitalize her career.

Best wishes in Lima Anthonique!

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at e-mail address sturrup1504@gmail.com or on WhatsApp at (242) 727-6363.

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