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Miller-Uibo, Thomas to compete in Shanghai

Former World Champion Donald Thomas, of The Bahamas, is back in action on the Diamond League circuit, competing this weekend, and he is bringing along with him The Bahamas’ only Olympic Champion from a year ago.

Both Thomas and Shaunae Miller-Uibo are scheduled to compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Diamond League Meet in Shanghai, China, this Saturday. Thomas will once again compete in the men’s high jump, and Miller-Uibo will contest the women’s 400 meters (m).

It will be the first official 400m race for the season for the Olympic Champion. She has ran a 300m event, a windy 200m, and was a part of the winning mixed 4x400m relay team at the world relays here in The Bahamas. The 400m is where Miller-Uibo does her most damage. She is consistently under 50 seconds in the event, and has put together a string of victories that is unmatched today. Other than the semi-finals at last year’s Olympics, the only time Miller-Uibo has been beaten in the women’s 400m in the last two years is the world championships final in Beijing, China, in 2015.

She won gold in the Olympic final last year, in a personal best time of 49.44 seconds.

According to her Twitter handle @Hey_ItsShaunae, she is pumped and ready to go. Miller-Uibo tweeted: Ready to go! On my way to shanghai for the @ShanghaiDL. Chilling in the delta sky lounge. @ontrackmgnt @adidasrunning.

On Saturday in Shanghai, Miller-Uibo will be up against a world-class field of competitors including three Olympic finalists from a year ago. Five of the nine ladies in the field have gone under 50 seconds in their careers. Competing alongside Miller-Uibo are Americans Natasha Hastings and Courtney Okolo, three Jamaicans – Stephenie Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Olha Zemlyak, from the Ukraine, Anyika Onuora from Great Britain and Australian Morgan Mitchell.

Miller-Uibo had a clear shot at the IAAF Diamond League title a year ago, but pulled out of the season finale in Brussels, Belgium. She was significantly ahead in the Diamond Race in the women’s 400m.

Like Miller-Uibo, Thomas will also be up against a world-class field. The two athletes who beat him in the Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar last weekend will be in action once again. Mutaz Essa Barshim won in front of his home crowd with a world-leading clearance of 2.36m (7’ 9”). Robbie Grabarz, of Great Britain, finished second with a season’s best height of 2.31 (7’ 6-3/4”), and Thomas was third with a height of 2.29m (7’ 6”).

Also in action in Shanghai will be reigning World and Olympic Champion Derek Drouin, of Canada, fellow Canadian Michael Mason, American Erik Kynard, Andriy Protsenko, of the Ukraine, Majed Aldin Ghazal, of Syria, Sylwester Bednarek, of Poland, and Chinese jumpers Guowei Zhang and Yu Wang.

Thomas has leapt 2.31m indoors this season, and has a lifetime best of 2.37m (7’ 9-1/4”) outdoors.


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