The Bahamas has shown what great athletic talent we have in both the men’s and women’s 400m and 200m events. Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Uibo has once again set the international stage alight with phenomenal performances at the IAAF Diamond League, Shanghai 2018. Both have set national records and meeting records in their respective events. The Bahamas has produced some great quarter-milers over the years and tonight’s games was no exception. In 2004 Tonique Williams-Darling set a new national record at Athens Olympics in the women’s 400m with a win of 49.41 seconds. At the 2012 London Olympics, The Bahamas captured the gold medal in the men’s 4x400m relay, led by Christopher Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller. At the 2016 Riu Olympics, Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the women’s 400m with a dive to the finish line, beating the all time favourite, world and Olympic champion, American Allyson Felix.
The IAAF Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field competitions, which began in 2010. This competition replaced the IAAF Golden League, which had been held annually since 1998.
The IAAF was founded to fulfil the need for a world governing authority, for a competition programme, for standardised technical equipment and for a list of official world records. All of these requirements remain today. The IAAF is proud to promote itself as ‘a sport for all’ and about ensuring that the maximum number of citizens are able to participate in athletics.