Athletics: Bahamas' Gardiner wins Olympic men's 400m gold
TOKYO: Steven Gardiner powered to gold in the Olympic 400m final on Thursday (Aug 5) to maintain his four-year unbeaten streak. The 25-year-old 2019 world champion stormed to the line in 43.85 seconds, with Colombia\u0027s Anthony Jose Zambrano taking silver in 44.08 seconds. Grenada\u0027s Kiran
LinkedIn TOKYO: Steven Gardiner powered to gold in the Olympic 400m final on Thursday (Aug 5) to maintain his four-year unbeaten streak.Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Shot Put - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 5, 2021.Share this content Bookmark TOKYO: Poland's Wojciech Nowicki won the men's hammer throw with a personal best of 82.Advertisement Sport Canada's Andre De Grasse added gold to a groaning collection of minor medals with victory in the 200 metres, Kenya went one-two in the men's 800m and Peruth Chemutai made history for Uganda on another scintillating night of Olympic athletics on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old 2019 world champion stormed to the line in 43.85 seconds, with Colombia's Anthony Jose Zambrano taking silver in 44.Ryan Crouser of the United States in action REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Shot Put - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 5, 2021.08 seconds.18m opener, clearing more than 80m on his first five rounds in a show of remarkable consistency.Grenada's Kirani James, the 2012 champion and 2016 silver medallist, took bronze in 44.Ryan Crouser of the United States in action REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Shot Put - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 5, 2021.19 seconds.That followed another huge 400m hurdles world record in the morning when Sydney McLaughlin saw off fellow American Dalilah Muhammad as the super-fast track and new shoe technology continue to make a mockery of historical comparisons.
Gardiner's victory extended his dominance of the one-lap event over the past four years." Norway's Eivind Henriksen produced a national record 81.The Bahamian hasn't lost a 400m race that he has completed since taking a silver medal behind South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk at the 2017 World Championships.Leaving aside three races where he did not finish due to injury, Gardiner has been unbeaten in 20 of 23 starts since that 2017 loss.Gardiner's victory raises the prospect of an Olympic double for Bahamas at the 400m in Tokyo, with 2016 gold medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo running in the women's final on Friday."I had a feeling I could throw 80 today, but I had no idea I had 81-and-a-half in me.Gardiner's gold medal was never really in doubt as he waited patiently before surging smoothly into the lead off the final bend."I wanted to show the world all my injuries are behind me and I can bring home a gold medal.
Once in front there was only going to be one winner, and Gardiner motored home in his fastest time of 2021.But as Gardiner celebrated, there was disappointment for United States hope Michael Norman, who set off quickly before fading down the home stretch and eventually finishing in fifth behind fourth-placed compatriot Michael Cherry.98m and the last four World Championships titles, Fajdek had seemed an obvious frontrunner in Tokyo.Catch the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 LIVE with 14 dedicated channels on meWATCH.Sign in now at and get into the action with Mediacorp, Singapore’s Olympics Network Source: AFP/kg.
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