In just his second race of the year, world and Olympic 400m champion Steven Gardiner cruised to the fastest indoor 300m clocking in history, scorching a 31.56 clocking at the South Carolina Invitational in Columbia on Friday (28).
The Bahamian sprinter, who set a national record of 32.06 over the distance just two weeks ago, improved his best by half a second and in doing so also smashed the world indoor best of 31.87 that was set by Noah Lyles in 2017. Nathon Allen finished second in 32.54.
“I’m in awe and I’m proud of the strides I’m making this season,” Gardiner posted on social media after the race. “So much more to come in the next few months.”
Only seven men – including Usain Bolt, Michael Johnson and Wayde van Niekerk – have ever gone faster for 300m outdoors.
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS