Eastern’s English Gardner, an Olympic gold medalist in 2016 and silver medalist in 2021, recorded her fastest early season 100-meter dash time in six years Sunday.
Gardner ran a 11.13 at the Bermuda Grand Prix at Florda Duffy Stadium in Devonshire, Bermuda, her fastest wind-legal time in May or June since she ran 11.04 in the first round of the 2017 USATF Championships in Sacramento, on June 22, 2017.
Gardner ran slightly faster twice this year but both races were wind-aided – 11.09 with a 2.8 and 11.10 with a 4.1.
This was actually her first legal-wind race since she finished last season with an 11.08 at the Hungarian Grand Prix Series event at the Sportcentrum in Pápa. That was her fastest wind-legal race since she ran 11.02 in Rovereto, Italy, in August of 2018.
Gardner won Olympic gold on the U.S. 4-by-1 in Rio De Janeiro in 2016 and silver on the 4-by-1 in Tokyo in 2021. Her 10.74 to win the 2016 U.S. Championships is 10th-fastest in world history and 5th in U.S. history.