The Bahamian Steven Gardiner and the Colombian Anthony Zambrano repeated in the 400-meter final of the Tokyo Games the gold and silver they obtained two years ago at the Doha World Cups, leaving a consolation of bronze to all an Olympic and world champion, the Granada Kirani James.
Gardiner crossed the line with a time of 43.85 and through the center of the track he advanced Zambrano to arrive second with 44.08, followed by James with 44.19while the two Americans present in the final, Michael Cherry and Michael Norman, came fourth and fifth.
The world leader of the year, Randolph Ross, had stayed in the series, and the second on the list was a prestigious name: Kirani James, the man from Granada who carved a niche among the elite with his world title in Daegu 2011 and al The following year he won the Olympic crown in London 2012.
Steven Gardiner and Anthony Zambrano, the heroes of Doha, had left very good feelings in the qualifying rounds and were right to translate them into the decisive race as well.
The 400-meter event, in which the United States won seven consecutive Olympic titles between 1984 and 2008, had ceased to be its exclusive territory after the triumphs of Kirani James in 2012 and of South African Wayde Van Niekerk in 2016.