Dynamic duo moving on to Boston
There’s no rest for the weary… particularly when you want to stay at the top.
It’s back to the track for Bahamian global superstars Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Uibo, or in this case, the road, as they take part in the third edition of the Adidas Boost Boston Games this coming weekend. The event is set for this Saturday and Sunday on the streets of Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Gardiner will line up against some of the world’s best in the men’s 200 meters (m), in which he set a sizzling national record of 19.75 seconds at the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational about a month ago, and Miller-Uibo will run in the women’s 150m this year. Last year, she set an all-time world best of 21.76 seconds in the women’s 200m straight to obliterate the old record of 22.55 seconds that was set by American Allyson Felix in 2010.
Over the weekend, Gardiner and Miller-Uibo won their respective events at the IAAF Diamond League Shanghai in Shanghai, China. Both set new meet records, and both currently lead the Diamond League standings in those particular events.
Gardiner won the men’s 400m in 43.99 seconds – his second run in as many events under 44 seconds. The previous Friday, he captured the Doha Diamond League title – the opening event of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Diamond League season – in a new national record and world-leading time of 43.87 seconds.
Miller-Uibo won the women’s 200m in a season’s best time of 22.06 seconds, easily erasing the former meet record of 22.36 seconds that was set by Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor in 2014. With that win, Miller-Uibo is out front in the Diamond League standings for 2018. Gardiner leads the standings in the men’s 400m with 16 points. He has two wins and two meet records under his belt. The next two closest to him in the standings are Isaac Makwala, of Botswana, and Abdalleleh Haroun, of Qatar, both with 13 points.
The Adidas Boost Boston Games is the major athletics event of Gardiner and Miller-Uibo’s chief private sponsor Adidas. Produced by Boston-based Global Athletics and Marketing, Inc., it is part of the 2018 USATF (USA Track & Field) Outdoor Championship Series. The event was created following the replacement of the Adidas Grand Prix on the IAAF Diamond League calendar. The Adidas Grand Prix was an annual athletics meeting that was held at Icahn Stadium in New York City, USA.
As for the Adidas Boost Boston Games this weekend, Gardiner and Miller-Uibo will be joined by athletes such as Tori Bowie, rising sprint star Noah Lyles, sprint hurdlers Christina Manning and Sharika Nelvis, all of the United States, sprint hurdler Nadine Visser of the Netherlands, Jereem Richards of Trinidad & Tobago, Alonso Edward of Panama, Orlando Ortega of Spain and Jamaican Hansle Parchment just to name a few. Women’s 100m hurdles world record holder Kendra Harrison, of the United States, will line up in what will be just her third flat 100m dash in three years.
In Boston, Miller-Uibo’s training partner Bowie won the 150m straight in an all-time world best of 16.30 seconds last year, and Miller-Uibo will be chasing that mark this year. Bowie will run the 100m alongside Harrison in Boston this year.
The sprints will take place on an elevated track on Charles Street in Boston on Sunday. On the Saturday of the meet, Olympians and world-class athletes will contest distances from 800m to 5000m inside the Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Following the Adidas Boost Boston Games this weekend, Gardiner and Miller-Uibo will travel to Eugene, Oregon, to take part in the third stop on the IAAF Diamond League Tour – the Prefontaine Classic. Gardiner will run in the men’s 200m in Eugene, and Miller-Uibo will contest the women’s 400m.