NASSAU, Bahamas – The mixed 4x400m relays will be run for the first time at this weekend’s IAAF World Relays #Bahamas2017.
Action at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium gets underway Saturday evening (22 April) and Team Bahamas is very excited about the event.
Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Steven Gardner and Anthonique Strachan, all expected their team to do well, especially in the 4x400m mixed relays
“It’s going to be really exciting,” said Miller-Uibo about the World Relays which her country is hosting for the third time.
“We are excited to come home and compete in front of our home crowd, so it’s an exciting thing for the Bahamian people, it’s an exciting thing for the Bahamian athletes,” she continued.
“I expect Team Bahamas to do well in the mixed relays, especially, but it’s going to be a little bit tricky due to the fact that we don’t know where the other countries are going to place their male or female,” commented Strachan, who after winning the World Junior sprint double in 2012, suffered greatly from injury.
Gardener, who ran a national record, 44.26 seconds, said he too is “very excited about” the relays while making special mention of the mixed 4x400m.
“It’s (mixed 4x400m relays) new so we have to go out there and test it,” he said while adding “it’s also a privilege to be running with Shaunae and the rest of the team, because might never have a chance to run (together) again, so just want to go out there and put on a show.”
He also said “once we have the home crowd on our backs, we just have to go out there, have a good time and put on a show for our home crowd and everybody else.” Overall he said “we have pretty good teams, its just a matter of everybody go out there and run their race because it’s a relay … everybody has to go out there and give it 100%.”
Miller-Uibo, so far Bahamas’ most decorated sprinter with World Youth and World Junior gold medals, along with World Championships 400m medal, added, her team is “ready to go out there and do our best.” “We just waiting on the coaches to put together the teams and once the teams are put together we will see how we go and how things turn out.”
Miller-Uibo will also run the women’s 4x400m.