Miller-Uibo remains unbeaten this season
Shaunae Miller-Uibo continued the fantastic season she’s having, comfortably winning another event in athletics on Saturday.
Miller-Uibo cruised to victory in the women’s 200 meters (m) at the JN Racers Grand Prix at the Jamaican National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. She returned to the place where she broke the Bahamian national record in the women’s 200m for the first time, and didn’t disappoint her fans.
Miller-Uibo won in 22.11 seconds and now owns three of the four fastest times in the world in the women’s 200m this year. Jamaican Shericka Jackson finished second in a distant 22.62 seconds, and Shashalee Forbes, another Jamaican, was third in 22.86 seconds. The other Bahamian in that race, Tynia Gaither, was seventh in 23.46 seconds.
Miller-Uibo is yet to crack 22 seconds this year but, as mentioned, has three of the top four times in the world.
Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, of Nigeria, has the world lead of 22.04 seconds. Miller-Uibo, who is unbeaten this year, no matter what event she takes part in, ran 22.06 seconds to win the Diamond League title in Shanghai, China; and won the Commonwealth Games title in the Gold Coast, Australia, in 22.09 seconds. She still holds the world lead of 49.52 seconds in the women’s 400m.
Miller-Uibo set the new Bahamian national record of 21.88 seconds to win the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Diamond League title in Zürich, Switzerland, last year.
While Miller-Uibo was running to victory in Jamaica, the other Bahamian Diamond League winner this year, Steven Gardiner, suffered his first defeat of the season.
Gardiner pulled up in the men’s 200m at the 2018 BAUHAUS-galan Diamond League Meet at historical Stockholm Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday. The 200-400m double national record holder was about to come off the curve in great position but appeared to suffer a minor injury and eased up the rest of the way. He later said on Facebook that he is okay, but felt a twitch in his hamstring and decided to stop to avoid an injury. Gardiner jogged across the finish line in 23.35 seconds. The unfortunate circumstance ended what was setting up to be a fantastic duel between Gardiner and World Champion Ramil Guliyev, of Turkey.
Guliyev went on to win in 19.92 seconds. Canada’s Aaron Brown was second in 20.07 seconds, and Luxolo Adams, of South Africa, finished third in 20.36 seconds. Gardiner owns the third-fastest time in the men’s 200m this year (19.75 seconds), and saw his world lead of 43.87 seconds in the men’s 400m disappear at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday when University of Southern California (USC) sophomore Michael Norman ran a blazing 43.61 seconds to break the collegiate and meet record.
Gardiner still has the second-fastest time in the men’s 400m this year.
Back in Jamaica, Jamal Wilson won the men’s high jump competition, clearing 2.24m (7’ 4”). Alexander Bowen, of Panama, and Kyle Landon, of the United States, both cleared 2.21m (7’ 3”). Bowen finished second based on fewer knockdowns.
In the ExxonMobil Bislett Games Diamond League Meet in Oslo, Norway, last Thursday, Donald Thomas had a best jump of 2.25m (7’ 4-1/2”) to finish third. Majd Eddin Ghazal, of Syria, and Marco Fassinotti, of Italy, also cleared 2.25m, but Thomas edged them out in placement due to fewer knockdowns in the competition. World Champion Mutaz Essa Barshim, of Qatar, won the competition with a leap of 2.36m (7’ 8-3/4”). World Indoor Champion Danil Lysenko, of Russia but representing the Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA) due to Russia’s global ban in athletics, was second on Thursday with a jump of 2.33m (7’ 7-3/4”).
Meanwhile, at the Star Athletics Invitational at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, on Saturday, a number of Bahamian athletes were in action.
Jamial Rolle ran 10.62 seconds in the heats of the men’s 100m, and 10.55 seconds in the final. He came back to run 20.50 seconds in the men’s 200m.
Teray Smith, representing Empire Athletics, won the men’s 200m in 20.24 seconds. Ramon Miller ran 20.50 seconds in the 200m and finished 19th overall in the men’s 400m in a dismal 49.01 seconds. Alonzo Russell ran 20.48 seconds in the men’s 200m and was second overall in the men’s 400m in 45.28 seconds. Cameron Parker ran 20.30 seconds in the men’s 200m and was 12th overall in the men’s 400m in 46.91 seconds. Michael Mathieu ran 20.75 seconds in the men’s 200m and finished fifth overall in the men’s 400m in 46.11 seconds. Jeffery Gibson, representing Empire Athletics, ran 21.40 seconds in the men’s 200m, and was 11th overall in the men’s 400m in 46.89 seconds.
Blake Bartlett Jr. ran 21.50 seconds in the men’s 200m.