Anthonique Strachan

Golden Girl Anthonique Strachan blazes a trail at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships winning the women's 100 meters in a world leading time of 11.20 seconds. Golden Girl Anthonique Strachan blazes a trail at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships winning the women's 100 meters in a world leading time of 11.20 seconds. Kermit Taylor / Bahamas Athletics

Born in Nassau on 22nd of August 1993, Anthonique Strachan attended St. Augustine’s College.

In 2010, after participating in the Carifta Games in The Cayman Islands and the Central American and Caribbean Jr. Championships in Santo Domingo, she made the semi-final of the 200m at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada placing fourth in 23.99sec.

Strachan was coached by Dianne Woodside and was a member of Club Monica.

In 2011 Strachan made significant improvements.  At the Scotiabank National High School Track and Field Championships that March, Strachan was selected Female Athlete of the championships. She won both the 100m and 200m. In the 200m she ran 23.17sec to break the seventeen- year old championships record established by Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie.

At that time, this was the best time run in the world that year by a junior athlete.

At the BTC Carifta Trials Strachan improved on her personal best, clocking 23.06sec, still the best time in the world for a junior at that time.

At the Carifta Games in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Strachan improved to 22.93sec tying Veronica Campbell-Brown’s Carifta record in the 200m of 22.93sec. This was yet another world leading performance for a junior. She also won the 100m in 11.38sec, a personal best. In the process she won the Austin Sealy Award for Most Outstanding Athlete of the Games, the fifth Bahamian to do so.  

Strachan improved her best in the 200m again at the Senior Central American and Caribbean Track and Field Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico that July where she finished with a Silver medal in 22.90sec.

A week later at the Pan American Jr. Track and Field Championships in Miramar, Florida, Strachan ran another personal best of 22.70sec to win. Once again, this time was the best time in the world that season for a junior and set a new Pan American Jr. Championships record.

The time also broke Sheniqua Ferguson’s Bahamian National Junior record of 22.85sec.

She competed at the World Championships in South Korea that August, running 23.20sec for fourth place in the first round and 23.85secfor seventh place in her semi-final round. This was her slowest time for the year.

She also participated in the women’s 4x100m relay.

In 2012 Strachan has moved to Auburn, Alabama where she has been coached by Henry Rolle. At the Colina Carifta Trials she improved her 100m time to 11.22sec.

At the Games in Bermuda that Easter, Strachan ran 11.22sec in the 100m with a tailwind of 4.4mps.

In the 200m though, with a headwind of 0.7sec, Strachan broke the Games record she had tied in Montego Bay, with a 22.85sec clocking.

She also led the girls’ 4x100m relay to the Gold medal.

For her accomplishments Strachan was voted, for the second consecutive year, the Most Value Athlete of the Games a second time and presented the Austin Sealy Award.

At the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in July she captured the 100m in 11.22sec, tying her personal best, and the 200m in 22.53sec, a new championships record and the best in the world by a junior in 2012.

Strachan’s margin of victory in the 200m was the largest in

Championships’ history,  .62sec.

In Barcelona, the site of The Bahamas’ first Olympic medal in Track & Field, she became the first Bahamian to win two Gold medals at the IAAF World Junior Championships.

Competing at the London Olympic Games Strachan advanced to the semi-final of the 200m where she ran 22.82sec for fifth.

She also participated in the 4x100m relay in London.

For her historic performances of 2012 Strachan was voted the Female Rising Star by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) at its Gala in Barcelona last November.

This was a first for The Bahamas.

Strachan stands 5’8” tall and weighs 122lbs.

Her parents are Alfred and Simone Strachan.

While in Nassau, Strachan worships at New Destiny Baptist Cathedral.

Alpheus Finlayson


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