Tonique Williams-Darling

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Tonique Williams-Darling
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2004 Athens 400 m
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Helsinki 400 m
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2004 Budapest 400 m
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2006 Melbourne 400 m
Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Nassau 400 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1999 Bridgetown 400 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2005 Nassau 4 x 400 m relay
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2003 St.George's 200 m
CARIFTA Games
Junior (U20)
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1995 George Town 4x100m relay
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1992 Nassau 4x400 m relay
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1993 Fort-de-France 4x100m relay
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1993 Fort-de-France 4x400m relay
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1994 Bridgetown 400m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1994 Bridgetown 4x100m relay
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1994 Bridgetown 4x400m relay
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1995 George Town 400m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1995 George Town 4x400m relay

Tonique Williams-Darling (born January 17, 1976 in Nassau, Bahamas) is a Bahamian sprint athlete. She won the gold medal in the 400 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She graduated from St. John's College Bahamas (high school).

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College

She attended the University of South Carolina, graduating with a bachelor's degree from the Moore School of Business in 1999.

Professional

Williams-Darling had a breakout year in 2004. She started with a bronze medal at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary, running a personal best behind Russia's Natalya Nazarova and Olesya Krasnomovets. Then in July, at the Rome meeting of the IAAF Golden League, Tonique broke Mexican world champion Ana Guevara's 23 race winning streak in the 400 meter race.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece Williams-Darling beat Guevara again. In a head to head final straight, she proved to be more powerful than the Mexican runner who had been hampered with injuries and trained only on a limited basis prior to the Games. Winning the race, she became the Bahamas' first individual Olympic gold medalist.

After the Olympics she secured the win in the overall Golden League-jackpot, cashing in US $500,000 after splitting the US $1M pot with Christian Olsson.

She also won the gold medal in the 400 meters at 2005 World Championships in Athletics, in a head-to-head race with American 400-meter specialist Sanya Richards. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, despite being the favourite, she was beaten unexpectedly both in her semi-final and the final by Christine Ohuruogu of England, claiming silver instead.

Williams-Darling took the 2007 season off to nurse a hamstring injury [1] and did not compete during the 2008 season.

In November 2012, she was elected as Public Relations Director of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) for the period 2012-2015. [2]

Other

She is married to fellow Bahamian Track and Field athlete Dennis Darling and is the sister-in-law of NFL wide receiver Devard Darling and Devaughn Darling.

For her achievements to date, the Bahamas Government has honoured Tonique by naming a major highway the "Tonique Williams-Darling Highway."

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References

  1. "Tonique takes the year off". Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
  2. Williams, Tonique (December 13, 2012), BAAA Introduces New Executives and Council Members, Bahamas Weekly, retrieved January 2, 2013[ permanent dead link ]