Teenager Steven Gardiner smashed the Bahamas National 400m record at his country’s Beijing WC Trials on Saturday.
Gardiner, who in 2013 ran 47.78, improved drastically this season, dropping to 44.98 in Florida then 44.64 in Oslo.
On Saturday in the men’s 400m final in Nassau, Gardiner blazed the track to stop the clock in an amazing 44.27.
The new mark shattered Chris Brown’s national record of 44.40 done 2008 in Oslo.
Gardiner, who would be remembered for his third leg intimidation of Jeremy Wariner in the 4x400m final at the World Relays in Bahamas in May, was the only man under 45 seconds in the final.
Michael Mathieu was second in 45.00 and Latoy Williams, third in 45.40.
In the women’s final, Shaunae Miller was the winner in 50.69. Lanece Clarke was second in 52.83.
Anthonique Strachan topped the women’s 200m in 22.84 ahead of 100m champion Sheniqua Ferguson 23.28 and Carmiesha Cox 23.68.
Shavez Hart won the men’s 200m in 20.45 ahead of Chris Brown 20.58 and Teray Smith 20.66.
Adanaca Brown topped the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.00.
Ryan Ingraham won the men's high jump with 2.28m, the same mark for Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry.