26 JUN 2012 General News Nassau, Bahamas

Pinder takes third straight 400m title – Bahamian champs

Demetrius Pinder at the 2011 Bahamian championships (Andrew Coakley)Demetrius Pinder at the 2011 Bahamian championships (Andrew Coakley) © Copyright
On Saturday (23) at the old Thomas Robinson Track and Field Demetrius Pinder performed a "hat trick" in the 400m, winning that event three times in a row at the national championships.

The 2012 World Indoor Silver medalist ran his best time of 44.77 to defeat Ramon Miller (44.88) and Chris Brown at 45.19.

High Jumper Trevor Barry, the 2011 World Championships bronze medalist in the High Jump defeated upstart Ryan Ingraham and 2007 World Champion Donald Thomas. Barry cleared 2.29m to Ingraham’s 2.21m and Thomas’ 2.15m.

Ingraham leads the world junior list at 2.28m and is headed to the World Junior Championships in Barcelona.

In the Triple Jump, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Leevan Sands jumped 17.04m to win the competition handily.

Young twin and World Youth champion Latario Collie-Minns jumped 16.64m for second, a new Bahamian national junior record. Allen Mortimer set the old record of 16.55m some 18 years ago.

This puts Latario in third place on the IAAF junior list after Russian Artem Primak (16.76m) and Cuban Pedro Pichardson (16.66m).

Brother Lathone jumped 15.83m to make the World Junior standard.

The other field events leaders who have qualified for London, Bianca Stuart and Raymond Higgs, jumped 6.46m and 7.86m respectively to win their competitions.
In some other events of note 2007 World Championships Silver medallist Derrick Atkins ran 10.38 to win the 100m. In the heats Rodney Greene ran 10.20 and Atkins 10.28.

Trevorarano Mackey clocked 20.68 to win the half lapper. Junior Blake Bartlett took 20.89 to win his event.

Bahamian Golden Girl Chandra Sturrup captured the 100m in 11.53 after running 11.45 in the heats.

Several visitors participated, Allyson Peter from the US Virgin Islands among them who clocked 22.89 to win the 200m.

Grand Bahama’s Rashan Brown, the Carifta 400m Gold medalist, won her specialty with a personal best of 52.41. She is also headed to the World Junior Championships.

World 2002 Junior Bronze medalist in the 110m hurdles Shamar Sands made a comeback after more than a year off with injury and ran 13.62 to make the Olympic qualifying "B" standard.

New Bahamian national record holder and B" standard qualifier Ivanique Kemp ran 13.48 to win.

The last track events before the 400m which were run last were the 800m. In the women’s event Carifta silver medalist booked her ticket to Barcelona when she ran 2:06.96, the second best time ever by a Bahamian woman.

Right after her stellar performance Andre Colebrooke ran 1:52.20sec for a new Bahamian national record. The old record of 1:52.27 was held by quarter miler Ramon Miller.

Alpheus Finlayson for the IAAF