THE GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – Racing in front of his home fans, Steven Solomon finished in seventh place in the 400m final of the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday in Carrara Stadium.
In the final, Solomon, a graduate student on the Duke track and field team, raced to a time of 45.64 to finish in seventh place. It is the best finish individual finish for Solomon at the international level since taking the bronze medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships.
Solomon reached the finals by winning his heat in the preliminaries with a time of 45.39 and then finishing in sixth among the 24 semifinalists with a time of 45.55. The Sydney, Australia native was racing in his first international final at the senior level since the 2012 Olympic Games and became the first Australian to reach the 400m final at the Commonwealth Games since the 2010 edition.
The Commonwealth Games are not done yet for Solomon as he will also compete in the 4x400m relay. That competition will begin with the preliminary heats on Friday, April 13. Solomon will be joined by Murray Goodwin, Daniel Mowan and Joshua Ralph.