BAH – Doha to Tokyo: Steven Gardiner

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Few athletes had a regular season in 2020. Some were able to compete in a handful of international races, some stayed local and contested a few low-key meetings, while others took a complete break from competition.

In the first of our series in which we chat to medallists from the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 to see what they did with the extra year leading into the Tokyo Olympics, we catch up with men’s 400m champion Steven Gardiner of The Bahamas.

How has life changed since winning world 400m gold in 2019?
Steven Gardiner: Well, for one, it has been great (to be world champion) and number two it is still an unbelievable feeling that I am a world champion. It has been good to have been able to share my experiences when people ask me questions like; ‘what does it feel like to be a world champion?’

What is the best thing that has happened to you as world champion?
SG: After Doha I returned back to The Bahamas for a week on an all-expenses-paid trip set up by The Bahamas Olympic Committee. I had a grand time actually, I was really spoiled. One day I went on a trip to another island to speak to some schoolkids. I spent every day on the beach.

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SOURCE: World Athletics

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