DOHA, Qatar, CMC – Chris Brown kept his nerve, and benefited from a collision involving the favourite to ease the heartbreak elsewhere for the English-speaking Caribbean, when he claimed gold in the men’s 400 metres at the World Indoor Championships yesterday.
The Bahamian was a bronze medallist over the distance at the World Indoors four years ago in Moscow, and again two years later in Valencia, but it was third time lucky.
The 31-year-old Brown clocked a personal season’s best time of 45.96 seconds to cross the line unchallenged, and claim his first individual gold medal at a global track & field event.
“I did what I had to do,” said Brown. “Outdoors I didn’t do what I had to do, but indoors I’ve got two bronze and now the gold. That speaks for itself. I came in with the most experience, and it paid off for me to lead.”
The individual gold medal would be a great satisfaction for the persevering Brown. He has already earned an outdoor World Championship gold medal with the national 4 x 400m relay team.