MANY STILL DISAPPOINTED OVER COACHES DECISION AT IAAF WORLDS
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
Saturday, September 10, 2011
THE 13th IAAF World Championships is over, but the criticism continues. Many are still peeved over the performance of the men's 4 x 400 metre relay.
It was definitely a disappointing showing from the team of Ramon Miller, Avard Moncur, Andrea Williams and LaToy Williams.
The coaching staff, including Fritz Grant and Frank 'Pacho' Rahming, made the decision to rest both Chris 'Fireman' Brown and Demetrius Pinder with the view that the quartet would have been able to get the job done in the semifinal and qualify for the final.
For the record, the coaches made their decision, the quartet went out and they competed to the best of their ability.
But as Andrae Williams so aptly stated, the Bahamas should be grateful for the many years that the 4 x 4 team has remained a formidable force on the international scene.
It was disheartening that for the second consecutive year, the team didn't get a lane in the final. At the previous champinoships in Berlin, Germany in 2009, the Bahamas got disqualified for running out of the exchange zone on the first hand over between Miller and Moncur. Both competitors returned to their same spots in Daegu and ran well to put the Bahamas in contention.
But I have to admit, the final two legs run by Williams and Williams - no relation - didn't make up sufficient ground to give the Bahamas a chance to advance to the final. While the United States were vunerable, the Bahamas had a golden opportunity to surge right in for a medal.
So I was a little off my predictions of a minimum of two and a maximum of five medals from the nine days of competiton.
And while I have to admit that the relay was on one my list, I have to give credit to Trevor Barry, who defied all of the odds and emerged as the lone medalist with his bronze in the men's high jump. I don't think anybody expected the sub-par performance from Donald Thomas, the 2007 champion from Osaka, Japan, who had Barry's number for the last few years on both the local and international scene.
This was just Barry's chance to shine and he certainly took advantage of it. It couldn't happen to a more deserving athlete who paid his dues, perservered and managed to prevail at the right time and on the right stage.