August 14, 2013
MOSCOW, Russia - So far, it appears that Russia itself might be as far from The Bahamas, as Team Bahamas is from winning a medal at these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Championships.
The lack of a training camp and the length of travel from The Bahamas to Moscow are quickly being dispelled as reasons for the subpar performances displayed over the first four days of competition.
When speaking with team managers Ralph McKinney and Mabeline Miller, it was discovered that they feel, for the most part, the team performed well.
McKinney said that there are some other challenges they are facing as well. "We learned the hard way in Russia if you don't speak the language nor understand what is happening around you, no one will check for you," McKinney said.
McKinney has managed many of the country's national track and field teams. He said, so far, the team has struggled with basic communication services like internet access, also in terms of getting Gatorade energy drinks, and some other bare necessities.
He went on to say that the team has suffered some nagging injuries, things that could not be avoided nor helped but as with any team, it requires that others step up to the plate when needed.
Team Assistant Manager Miller said that despite not winning any medals thus far she is pleased with all the individual performances and is looking forward to what the next few days will bring.
"Listen, we always medal and I believe that we will see some great performances in the 200 meters and I am looking forward to the relays as well," she said.
Doubling as assistant manager and chaperone, Miller spoke about having the responsibility of managing and parenting her daughter Shaunae who is scheduled to run in the first round of the women's 200 meters (m) for The Bahamas on Thursday. Shaunae is also a part of the 4x100 meter (m) relay team which will compete this weekend.
"The young ladies are putting in the work and are expected to do well. As for Shaunae, she expressed to me that she wants to run a personal best time and make it to the final of the 200 meters. I am a proud mother and believe that all of the young ladies have come to bring out the best that they have to offer," said Mabeline Miller.
When asked about the 4x400m women's relay team, Miller was quick to respond that the team is in Moscow because they qualified and for no other reason.
"I know many persons don't feel they should be here or is expecting anything from them, but it's up to them to prove everyone wrong."
Both McKinney and Miller are optimistic that the athletes will leave their mark before the championships wrap up on Sunday.
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