Bahamian Steven Gardiner set a new world record in the 300 meters at the South Carolina Invitational at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday January 28.
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Gardiner, the World and Olympic champion at 400 meters, was in scintillating form, bursting through the line in 31.56 seconds. His time beat the previous world best of 31.87, which American Noah Lyles ran at high altitude in 2017. Another American, Wallace Spearmon, ran 31.88 at low-altitude in 2006.
Steven Gardiner wrote on IG: “Conquered A World Record / Worlds Best today at 300M. 🙏🏽 I’m in awe and I’m proud of the strides I’m making this season. Thank you to my family my coaches and team @ontrackmgnt , friends and sponsors @adidasrunning @mybtc for supporting me throughout this journey. So much more to come in the next few months.”
Former 200-meter and 400-meter world record-holder Michael Johnson ran 30.85 seconds, supported by altitude, outdoors in 2000 for the fastest 300m sprint in history.
Jamaican Nathon Allen, who now trains with Steven Gardiner, ran well for second place in 32.52. Trepan Barnes finished third in 32.96. Asa Guevara of Trinidad and Tobago finished fifth in 33.49 seconds and Jamaican Ronald Sales was seventh in 34.31. Bahamian Kinard Rolle clocked 34.49 for tenth.
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn wins 300m race
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 100-meter hurdles champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico topped the women’s edition in 36.52 seconds ahead of Malika Pride of Norfolk State who clocked 38.38.
Maya Bruney won the women’s 400-meter dash in 53.19 seconds ahead of T’Sheila Mungo’s 54.04.
Donny Lee of Charlotte took the men’s 400 meters in 47.81 seconds ahead of Fabio Palmieri of Mississippi College, who was timed in 48.05.
Guyanese win for Aliyah Abrams
Aliyah Abrams of Guyana ran 52.05 to win the women’s Invitational 400 meters ahead of Quanera Hayes of Life Speed (52.31). William Spencer Jr. of South Carolina took the invitational men’s race in 47.24 seconds ahead of Devonte Fletcher of HAMteam Huntsville Elite 47.49.
Shannon Ray ran away with the women’s 60 me, crossing the line in 7.34, just ahead of Tamari Davis’ 7.36 run. Andrew Hudson was the men’s 60-meter winner in 6.63, ahead of Chris Royster (6.72).
Ebony Morrison (8.13 seconds) and Nicholas Anderson (7.74) were the sprint hurdles winners.