Bahamians qualify for semis at Commonwealth Games

From left: Warren Fraser and V’Alonee Robinson.

Swimming and athletics was the highlight for Team Bahamas this weekend as the 2018 Commonwealth Games continued in Gold Coast, Australia.

Just two swimmers represented the team on Saturday; Lilly Higgs and N’Nhyn Fernander, competed in 200-metres (m) breast and 100m free respectively.

Higgs finished fifth in the opening heat of the 200m in 2:42.65. Canadian Kierra Smith won the heat in 2:25.33, followed by home town athlete Tessa Wallace in 2:26.86 and Kaylene Corbett, from the Republic of South Africa, in 2:27.68.

As for Fernander, he was disqualified for a false start.

In the pool at the Optus Aquatic Center on Sunday, Izaak Bastian was fifth in the third heat of the men’s 50m breast in 29.39 seconds and eighth in the event semifinal in 29.28 seconds, while Higgs was eighth in the fourth heat of the women’s 100m breast in 1:12.78.

Over at the Carrara Stadium Track, both Warren Fraser and V’Alonee Robinson made it to the semifinals of their respective events.

Fraser finished eighth in semifinal three of the men’s 100m in 10.44 seconds, while Robinson clocked 12.09 seconds in the women’s event.

Shavez Hart ran 10.53 seconds and finished third in heat two of the men’s 100m but didn’t qualify for the next round.

Also, on the track, Michael Mathieu was fifth in the fifth heat of the men’s 400 in 46.97 seconds. Based on his time, Mathieu advanced to the semifinal round.

Four athletes will represent The Bahamas today at the games. Donald Thomas and Jamal Wilson compete in the men’s high jump while Mathieu competes in the 400m semifinals and Bastian swims in the 50m free.

The Bahamas has yet to secure a medal.