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Michael Mathieu

Michael Mathieu
Personal information
Nationality Bahamian
Born (1984-06-24) 24 June 1984
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) Sprint

Michael Mathieu (born 24 June 1984) is a Bahamian sprinter from Freeport, Grand Bahama who specializes in 200 metres and 400 metres. He was part of the Bahamian silver medal-winning team in the men's 4×400 metres relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, running second leg and recording a 44.0 split. He was also a part of second place relay team at the 2007 World Championships.

Individually, he has won medals at the Central American and Caribbean Championships, taking the 400 m silver medal in 2008 and the 200 m gold in 2011. His personal bests are 20.16 seconds for the 200 m and 45.06 for the 400 m (the former being the Bahamian record mark).

Career

Mathieu attended St George's High School in the Bahamas, graduating in 2001 as their "Most Outstanding Athlete". He gained a sports scholarship to attend Southwestern Christian College in Texas, United States.[1] As a junior athlete, he won two relay medals in the under-20 section of the 2002 CAC Junior Championships.[2] The following year he took the 400 m bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.[3] Moving up the age categories, he won a 400 m relay bronze medal at the 2006 NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics.

In 2004 he began studying economics at Texas Tech University and started competing for the Texas Tech Red Raiders under coach Wes Kittley. In the 2005 indoor track and field season he was runner-up at the Big 12 Conference meet in the 400 m and 4×400 m relay. He earned All-American honours by reaching the NCAA indoor relay final, then achieved the same feat in the outdoor season. The 2006 indoor season was his last at Texas Tech: he set a 200 m personal best of 21.34 seconds and again reached the NCAA relay final.[1]

He reached the senior international level at the 2007 World Championships and became a fixture in the Bahamian national team from then onwards. He ran in the heats, both individually and in the relay, at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships,[4] then won two silver medals in the events at the 2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships.[5] At the 2008 Summer Olympics he reached the semi-finals of the 400 m and took the relay silver medal with a time of 2:58.03 minutes.

At the 2009 CAC Championships he came sixth in the 400 m final. He was selected for the national team at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but disqualifications meant he was out of the first round of both events. He performed better at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, reaching the semi-finals, but the team failed to finish the relay. Outdoors, he was a silver medalist in the relay at the 2010 CAC Games and fourth in the relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

In 2011, a switch to focus on the 200 m event saw him have a career breakthrough. He ran a personal best of 20.38 seconds to win at the national championships then claimed the gold medal in the event at the 2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics. He also won the relay, running with Avard Moncur and Ramon Miller.[6] He represented Bahamas in the 200 m at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but failed to finish in his semi-final due to injury. He came close to medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, where he was fourth behind Brazil's Bruno de Barros.[7]

He opened his 2012 season in strong form. Competing on the Brazilian Athletics Tour, he ran a Bahamian record of 20.16 seconds for the 200 m and set a personal best in the 400 m with a run 45.06 seconds. He also equalled his 100 metres best with a time of 10.30 seconds.[8] He also won Gold at the 2012 London Olympics with the Bahamas 4x400 team beating medal favorites USA with a national record.

References

  1. ^ a b Michael Mathieu. Texas Tech. Retrieved on 17 May 2012.
  2. ^ Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation, 15th Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships 5/7/02 to 7/7/02 - National Stadium, Barbados - Results - Boys Under 20, C.F.P.I. Timing and Data Inc., retrieved 9 May 2012 
  3. ^ 2003 Pan American Junior Championships in Athletics,  
  4. ^ Mathieu Michael. IAAF. Retrieved on 17 May 2012.
  5. ^ Results service Campeonato CAC de Atletismo 2008. AthleCAC. Retrieved on 9 March 2010.
  6. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2011-07-18). Jamaica tops medal table in Mayaguez - CAC Champs, final day. IAAF. Retrieved on 13 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Men's 200m Final". Guadalajara 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Longley, Sheldon (2012-05-16). Great Series of Runs for Mathieu. Nassau Guardian. Retrieved on 17 May 2012.

External links

  • Michael Mathieu profile at IAAF
  • Athlete bio at 2008 Olympics website
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