Tonique Williams -Darling (nee Williams; born January 17, 1976 in Nassau ) is a Bahamian sprinter and Olympic gold medalist in the 400 -meter run.
After they had failed at the World Championships in 1997 in Athens and 1999 in Seville in the quarter-finals or flow and did not come via the feed addition at the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney, she was a finalist at the 2003 World Championships in Paris / Saint- Denis and was fifth.
2004 the most successful year of their sporting careers. In March 2004, she won the World Indoor Championships in Budapest, behind the Russians Natalya Nazarova and Olesja Krasnomowez the bronze medal, while improved her personal indoor record of 50.87 seconds.
In July 2004, Williams -Darling could break the winning streak of the 400 -meter world champion Ana Guevara, who was previously undefeated in 23 races at the Golden League meeting in Rome. In the Olympics, Williams -Darling met in the final on August 24, 2004 again on Guevara. With a time of 49.41 seconds she directed their sharpest female opponent Guevara with 0.15s adrift of second place. They thus won the first individual gold medal for the Bahamas in the history of the Olympic Games.
After the Games of Athens, she continued her winning streak and won the Golden League meetings in Brussels and Berlin. When ISTAF in Berlin on 12 September 2004, she secured her personal best of 49.07 seconds victories premium of the IAAF Golden League in the amount of $ 500,000. The jackpot win amount 1 million U.S. dollars they informed the Swedish triple jumper Christian Olsson.
At the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 2005, she won the gold medal in the 400 meters in 49.55 seconds ahead of Sanya Richards ( USA) and Ana Guevara. So she repeated her victory from last year at the Olympics. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, she won silver behind Christine Ohuruogu ( ENG).
Tonique Williams - Harding has a competition weight of 57 kg at a height of 1.62 m. She graduated in 1999 at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and is married to the Bahamian track and field athletes Dennis Darling.