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Last updated: 24 August, 2004 - Published 22:34 GMT
 
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Williams forges golden run
 
Tonique Williams winning Olympic gold in Athens
Williams conquered Guevara once again
Tonique Williams-Darling created history when she won the Bahamas' first individual gold in Olympic history in the women's 400m final.

Williams went into the race with the season’s fastest time and several wins on the Grand Prix circuit prior to the Games.

She also held the distinction of halting the two-year unbeaten run of Mexico’s Ana Guevara, the reigning world champion, next to whom she was drawn in the final.

The 28-year-old clocked 49.41 seconds while Guevara took silver in 49.56 seconds and Russia's Natalya Antyukh won bronze in a time of 49.87 seconds.

The final proved to be a duel in the straight between Williams-Darling and the World Champion but Guevara fought back and for 60 metres they were locked in a tussle.

However Williams-Darling got the extra spurt she needed with around 30 metres to go and Guevara had no response, though she battled gamely on to take the silver while Antyukh came with a late burst to deny Monique Hennagan of the United States the bronze medal.

"I just ran the race I wanted to and it all worked out well," said Williams-Darling. "In the home straight, I was side by side with Ana. She wanted that gold medal, but so did I."

The Bahamas' only previous gold medal came in the women's 4x100m sprint relay in Sydney four years ago.

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie told BBC Caribbean Radio that she will be accorded "the appropriate honours".

In the Decathlon, Jamaica's Claston Bernard finished ninth overall with a national record of 8225 points.

On the cycling track, Barbadian cyclist Barry Forde was the only Western hemisphere finalist in the Men's Sprint. He finished sixth in an extremely competitive field led by the Australians.

Veronica Campbell qualifies for the 200m final
Campbell set the fastest time this year in the 200m

Meanwhile, Jamaican 100m bronze winner Veronica Campbell qualified impressively for the 200m final by setting the fastest time this year of 22.13 seconds.

She will be joined in the final which takes place on Wednesday by her team-mate Aleen Bailey and Debbie Ferguson from the Bahamas.

"I am very pleased with this time but I will get better," said the 22-year-old. "I really think that we can have two medals in the final."

Asafa Powell will aim to make up for his failure to get among the medals in the 100m final in the 200m. He qualified for the semi-final along with his team-mate Christopher Williams.

Also competing on Wednesday is Trinidad and Tobago's Candice Scott in the finals of the Women’s Hammer Throw.

 
 
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