HAMILTON, Bermuda (May 21) – Abby Steiner made a triumphant return to the track, bouncing back from a disappointing performance earlier this month. The talented sprinter clocked a wind-aided time of 22.06 seconds (3.1 m/s) to secure victory in the women’s 200-meter dash at the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix, part of the 2023 World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series.
Steiner’s dominant display saw her bounce back from the last-place finish in the 100m at the Doha Diamond League meeting earlier this month, as she secured her third consecutive win in the 200m event this season. – Read more: 10 good habits to copy from super-healthy runners and healthy life
Prior to her triumph in Bermuda on Sunday, Steiner had emerged victorious in 200m races at the Miramar Invitational in Florida and the Michael Johnson Invitational in Texas, both held in April.
Expressing her excitement, Steiner commented, “It’s exciting, knowing where I am in training. I feel like I am starting to get that rhythm back in my legs. This is when it starts to get kind of fun.” She emphasized her goal of continuing to work hard and prepare for the upcoming USA Trials.
With a season best time of 22.23 seconds, Steiner currently holds the fourth-fastest time among American female sprinters with a legal wind reading this season.
In the women’s 200m race, Anthonique Strachan from The Bahamas secured second place with a time of 22.34 seconds. Makenzie Dunmore of the United States rounded out the podium with a time of 22.50 seconds. Ashanti Moore of Jamaica finished in fourth place, clocking in at 22.78 seconds.
Meanwhile, Christian Coleman, the 2019 world champion, made a stunning season debut in the men’s 100m dash. The American, who was running his first 100m race this season, blazed through in a breezy time of 9.78 seconds (4.4 m/s), narrowly holding off Noah Lyles, the two-time world 200m champion, who finished closely behind with a time of 9.80 seconds.
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Coleman’s commanding start set the tone for his victory, with Lyles closing in rapidly but falling just short. Ackeem Blake of Jamaica secured third place with a time of 9.87 seconds, while Terrance Laird of the United States finished fourth with a time of 9.94 seconds.
The Flora Duffy Stadium witnessed several other impressive performances on the windy afternoon. Olympic champion Steven Gardiner from The Bahamas kicked off his 400m campaign in style, crossing the finish line in an impressive 44.42 seconds. He said afterward that “I am back” after injuries knocked him out of the World Championships last year.
Tamari Davis of the USA emerged victorious in the women’s 100m, clocking a wind-legal time of 10.91 seconds to defeat Jamaica’s Shashalee Forbes, who recorded a personal best of 10.98 seconds for second place.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico dazzled with a wind-assisted time of 12.17 seconds (3.5 m/s), dominating the field with the third-fastest time in all conditions. Danielle Williams of Jamaica finished second with a time of 12.38 seconds, closely followed by Tonea Marshall of the USA, who crossed the line in 12.39 seconds.
Additional notable performances included Tara Davis-Woodhall’s victory in the women’s long jump with a last round distance of 7.11m (2.1 m/s), and Laquan Nairn of The Bahamas clinching the men’s long jump title with a final round mark of 8.32m (2.2 m/s).
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