GAINESVILLE, FL — Olympic 400m champion Steven Gardiner continued his comeback from injury with a 300m victory at the 2023 RADD Collegiate Last Chance meet, clocking 32.58 seconds for a season’s best in Gainesville, FL, on Thursday (16).

Gardiner, who missed the defense of his 400m title at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Oregon due to tendon inflammation last summer, improved his previous season’s best of 33.03 seconds, which he achieved earlier this month at the South Carolina Invitational 2023.

The race was his second 300m race this season and he will be aiming to continue his recovery as the 2023 season progress. – Read More: Lyles advances in 60m at 2023 USATF Indoor Championships: Results

The 27-year-old Bahamian, who is the Olympic champion at Tokyo 2021, secured victory over a pair of Jamaican athletes at the Alachua County Events Center at Celebration Pointe.

Gardiner got home ahead of Mario Heslop, who finished second with a time of 33.67, and Fabian Hewitt, who took third place in a time of 34.42.

Meanwhile. in the women’s 400m race, Aliyah Abrams of Guyana, who finished fifth in the World Indoor Championships, ran an impressive time of 52.09 seconds to secure the victory.

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