The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
Sports Last Updated: Jun 20, 2014 - 5:05:44 PM


Bahamian Gold Medalists Celebrated at Bahamas House, London
By Ed Burleigh, London freelance journalist
Aug 13, 2012 - 1:54:45 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page
IMG_8916_1.JPG
Chris Brown, Ramon Miller and Michael Mathieu (3 of the 4 man team) turn up at Bahamas House (London) after their Gold medal presentations on Saturday, August 11th for the men's 4 x 400m Relay win. Photo: Ed Burleigh for TheBahamasWeekly.com

LONDON, England - An assortment of Bahamians and a smattering of journalists converged in the reception rooms at the Bahamas House in London.

The buffet food, open bar, and Usain Bolt on the television helped gel everyone together, but everyone was there for one reason, and you could cut the anticipation with a knife.

The men’s 4 x 400 metres Olympic champions were due to arrive at 8pm, but as the minutes crept by there was still no sign of them. The crowd swelled and the excitement built.

At 10pm we were shepherded into a separate room and informed of the team’s imminent arrival. The doors opened and, for a split second, the buzzing crowd hushed, before re-awaking with a roar of appreciation.

In walked the victors (all but Demetrius Pinder), with their smiles and medals gleaming simultaneously. They didn’t get far before being mobbed by handshakes, back patting and congratulations. And then came the obligatory ‘facebook profile’ shots with the medals (of which I confess I am also guilty).

The athletes soaked up the praise and chatted with each and every person who approached them. Picking my moment, I managed to snatch a few seconds with star man Chris Brown.

In these situations you can’t help but ask how it feels to finally get that elusive gold, to which Chris responded:

"First of all I just want to give thanks to God. Without him none of this would have been possible," said Brown. "To beat America and to win the gold was just incredible."

IMG_8858.jpg
Chris Brown with his gold medal. "I was so proud when they asked me to lead out The Bahamas. To carry the flag was a huge honour." Photo: Ed Burleigh for TheBahamasWeekly.com

Incredible indeed, considering that the US hadn’t been beaten in this event (boycotts aside) since 1952.

And this coming from the man who is no stranger to medals himself. At the age of 33, some might say that Chris Brown was approaching his twilight years, although he assured me, he will be back for Rio 2016.
 

It’s hard to imagine Team Bahamas without their talisman. It was only two weeks ago that the world watched as Chris Brown led Team Bahamas out at the opening ceremony:

"I was so proud when they asked me to lead out The Bahamas. To carry the flag was a huge honour."

Little did we know then that Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller would run the perfect race. They were in contention for a medal the whole way through, but it was only on the last straight that Ramon seemed to find that extra ounce of pace to charge past Angelo Taylor and seize glory.

We all saw how fast they were on the track, but the question that everyone wants answered is, 'who has the fastest feet on the dance floor?'  Chris Brown, ever modest, conceded that it was definitely one of his younger teammates. Unfortunately, the athletes were whisked away from their adoring crowd and we never did find out the answer. I leave it up to you to decide on their return… when the partying starts for real.

Medal_1.jpg
Freelance journalist, Ed Burleigh (author of this story) with Michael Mathieu and his gold medal at Bahamas House in London, England. Photo: Ed Burleigh for TheBahamasWeekly.com



More from journalist Ed Burleigh at
Twitter @EdBurleigh or http://edburleigh.wordpress.com/

Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2012 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Sports
Latest Headlines
Marathon Globetrotters To Take Part In Marathon Bahamas
4 gold medals for Vanderpool-Wallace at CAC Games in Mexico
Bahamas' Joanna Evans claims her 2nd silver in Veracruz
Bertram Cowboy Musgrove Tour de New Providence held over the weekend
Excitement Marks COB Caribs vs. Florida Memorial Game
Eivind Melleby, the pride of Norway, returns for his second Star Sailors League Finals in 2014
Conchman Triathlon 2014 Results
Building The Imperial Arena for Battle 4 Atlantis
Greeks Papathanasiou and Tsotras in their first Star Sailors League Finals at Nassau
Tourism officials visit USF to prepare for Popeyes Bahamas Bowl college football event
U.S. Embassy Bahamas Partners with Junior Baseball League of Nassau and Major League Baseball for Youth Outreach Clinics
30th Annual Father Marcian Peter's Basketball Invitational set for Dec 5-13
New York Yankee talks baseball with Bahamas Prime Minister
Clayton Bain Achieves a Bahamas Sculling Three-Peat
Bahamians Give Personal Best at World Judo Juniors Tournament
NPMAFC Placed in the Top Three in Miami Competition
Star Sailors League finale returns to The Bahamas in December
Grand Bahama Darts Association's 2012-13 weekly results
2013 BAAA Competition Calendar
Star World Champion 2014 Robert Stanjek in the SSL Finals with Claus Olesen: “It is probably the most impressive entry list since the last Olympic Games”
Team “Cash Out” takes Heaviest Wahoo at Wahoo Smackdown hosted by Bimini Big Game Club
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace claims 2 more Gold medals for The Bahamas at CAC Games
The Nassau Yacht Club also brings Kiwi Josh Junior’s debut in the Star thanks to the 2014 Star Sailors League Finals
Cayman Island's Mercuryman Half Iron Distance Triathlon to put Athletes to the Test
Trinidad & Tobago Government Foots $9.9m Arrears Bill for Warriors
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace takes Gold for The Bahamas in Mexico
Bahamas' Joanna Evans takes Silver in 400 freestyle in Veracruz
Sweden's Loof returns to the Star for the SSL Finals 2014 in the Bahamas‏
Olympians flock to Saint Lucia for the 2nd International Digicel Triathlon
Atlantis partners with JBLN, US Embassay & MLB on local baseball skills clinic
COB Faces Florida Memorial In Men’s Basketball
Cat Island Sailing Association Invests in Youth
Luke Patience joins the record Star Sailors League Finals 2014 fleet
Grand Bahama Tennis & Squash Club to host U.S. instructors in upcoming skills clinic
Tribute to Bahamas Olympic Gold Winners, Sir Durward and Cecil Cooke
Grand Bahama Junior Rugby Boys off to Key Biscayne
Australian finishes record swim between Eleuthera and New Providence
St. Maarten to host 2nd Annual International Women’s Soccer Tournament
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Coming in December
Three American Star greats to compete in Bahamas at SSL Finals 2014