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The Bahamas finishes 15th in medal standings

DOHA, Qatar – Finishing strong, The Bahamas ended up 15th in the medal standings, and in a three-way tie for 26th overall in points, at the 17th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships that wrapped up on Sunday inside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

The Bahamas finished with two medals, a gold and silver, at the global meet. It was the eighth time that The Bahamas has won at least two medals at the outdoor world championships, and Steven Gardiner’s gold medal run in the men’s 400 meters (m) on Friday night gave the country its eighth gold medal in the history of the world championships.

Also, The Bahamas won at least one medal at the world championships for the third consecutive time, and for the 12th time in the past 13 world championships. The silver medal came from Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the women’s 400m. Both of them ran national record times, and in the case of Miller-Uibo, it was an area record as well.

The United States dominated the 10-day meet, finishing with 29 total medals – 14 gold, 11 silver and four bronze. Kenya was a distant second in the medal standings, winning 11 total medals – five gold, two silver and four bronze. Jamaica was the top Caribbean country and was third in the medal standings with 12 total medals – three gold, five silver and four bronze. Host nation Qatar was 16th in the medal standings with two medals – one gold and one bronze.

In the points standings, the United States once again led the way, finishing with 310 total points. Kenya was second, finishing with 122 points, and Jamaica was once again the top Caribbean country and finished third overall, with 115 points.

The Bahamas finished in a three-way tie with Italy and Switzerland for 26th overall, with 16 total points among 200 plus countries who competed at the championships. Host nation Qatar ended up tied for 29th with 14 points.

Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA) President Drumeco Archer said it was a strong collective performance, and they are looking to build on that leading into an Olympic year.

The 2020 Olympics are set for July 24 to August 9 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Sheldon Longley

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.

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