Shaunae excited about world record performanceBahamian Olympic Champion looking forward to a ‘fun’ year
It’s the first full year in athletics without global superstar Usain Bolt in more than a decade, so it’s a safe bet that the sport will be looking for a new face to keep the image of the sport in a positive light, and take the sport into another stratosphere.
Some say Wayde van Niekerk, the men’s 400 meters (m) world record holder of South Africa, could be that person. Then there are others like Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and American Christian Taylor just to name a few.
What about Shaunae Miller-Uibo! At 23, the Bahamian speedster is already a double world record holder, a double Diamond League winner, the Olympic Champion in the women’s 400m, and a multi world medalist. She is certainly today’s queen of sprinting in the women’s 200 and 400m.
This past weekend, Miller-Uibo split the two – running the 300m indoors at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games in New York, New York, USA. The event was held in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York. Miller-Uibo was fantastic, equalling Russian Irina Privalova’s 25-year-old world record of 35.45 seconds. It was the third straight year she ran a new personal best at the meet, jump-starting what could be another splendid year for her in track and field.
Last year, Miller-Uibo ran 35.71 seconds in that event, which was a new meet record at the time, and the third fastest time in history. This year, she proved that she is truly in a class by herself, winning by a significant margin over a world-class field and matching the all-time best mark in that event.
Speaking afterwards, Miller-Uibo said that she was excited about the results and is looking forward to the rest of the year.
“First off, I want to thank God for such an amazing performance. I think the race went well overall. It was my first competition of the year and I had a great field of ladies to run with, and to be able to get a great performance out of that was a plus for me. I had my parents and husband there with me and that made it 10 times better,” she said. “I was surprised by the time. After the race I saw the clock still going but when the announcer said the time, I was excited of my accomplishments.”
Miller-Uibo said that she enjoys running at the Millrose Games because the crowd is always lively and really get behind the athletes. Miller-Uibo is the first Bahamian to hold two world records. She set a new world mark in the women’s 200m straight at the Adidas Boost Boston Games, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, last year.
The other two Bahamians to have held athletics world records were Thomas A. Robinson in the 300 yards and Danny Smith in the 50-yard hurdles.
“It feels good to be the first Bahamian with two world records. To God be the glory,” said Miller-Uibo. “This is kind of an off season, so we are just going to have some fun competing. We’re not too certain what’s next. I’m going to have to sit with my coach and management team and figure it all out but we want to make this year as fun as possible. I just want to thank all of my supporters, Adidas, BTC, Rubis, Bahamasair and the entire country. Also, thanks to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture for the athlete of the year award.”
For the second year in a row, Miller-Uibo is being recognized by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture as the national athlete of the year. As for this upcoming season, there is no Olympics or outdoor world championships. The 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Indoor Championships is just a month away, set for March 1-4, in Birmingham, England, but it’s uncertain if Miller-Uibo will compete for The Bahamas in that event.
In the IAAF Diamond League (DL) this year, it’s unlikely that she will defend her titles in both the 200 and 400m, as the final for those events will be held on the same day. The opening leg of the Diamond League season is just three months away, set for May 3 in Doha, Qatar.
Miller-Uibo said that she wants to remain healthy and continue to represent her sponsors, her family and indeed The Bahamas to the best of her ability.
The sky is the limit for her.