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Miller-Uibo cruises in Hungary

Shaunae Miller-Uibo was back to work yesterday, running in the women’s 400 meters (m) at the Gyulai István Memorial at Sóstói Stadion in Székesfehérvár, Hungary.

After dabbling in the women’s high jump and women’s shot putt at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Senior National Track and Field Championships in June, Miller-Uibo was back to wat she does best in athletics – the sprints.

She circled the track in 49.53 seconds, a hundredth of a second off her season’s best and world-leading time, and less than a tenth of a second off her personal best time. It was also a meet record.

The Olympic Champion put on a dominating performance, winning comfortably over World Champion Phyllis Francis and Shakima Wimbley. The Americans finished in a virtual tie for second, both timed in 50.95 seconds.

Wimbley, the former University of Miami star, shares the world lead with Miller-Uibo, but was pale in comparison to the Bahamian sprint goddess on this day. Another American, Courtney Okolo, was fourth in 51.58 seconds. A fourth American in the race, Jaide Stepter, rounded out the top five, in 51.65 seconds.

Three Bahamian men joined Miller-Uibo in Hungary, and two competed in the men’s high jump.

Donald Thomas always performs well there, and yesterday was no difference, as he had a season’s best leap of 2.32 meters (m) – 7’ 7-1/4” for fourth. Mutaz Essa Barshim, of Qatar, had a world leading mark of 2.40m (7’ 10-1/2”) for the victory. Danil Lysenko, of Russia, and Commonwealth Games Champion Brandon Starc, of Australia, matched Thomas with a height of 2.32m. Lysenko was second based on number of knockdowns, and Starc finished third. Two knockdowns each at 2.26m (7’ 5”) and 2.30m (7’ 6-1/2”) pushed Thomas down to fourth. The 2.32m mark was a personal best height for Starc.

The other Bahamian in the men’s high jump, Trevor Barry, finished tied for fifth with Joel Castro, of Puerto Rico. They both cleared 2.26m, which was a season’s best mark for both of them. Gianmarco Tamberi, of Italy, also cleared 2.26m which was a season’s best height for him, but he was pushed down to seventh based on number of knockdowns.

Barshim was on another level. After equaling his world lead, he went after the world record, and narrowly missed at 2.46m (8’ 0-3/4”). He gave it two more tries at that height, but neither was as close as his first attempt. On his last attempt, he sustained what appeared to be an ankle injury.

For the third time in four years, Thomas leapt over 2.30m in Hungary. In 2016, he set his personal best of 2.37m (7’ 9-1/4”) at that same meet in Hungary, and the year before, he cleared 2.34m (7’ 8”) there.

The only other Bahamian in action in Hungary yesterday, Jeffery Gibson, had to settle for seventh in the men’s 400m. Gibson finished in 46.95 seconds. Former Olympic silver medalist Luguelín Santos, of the Dominican Republic, proved that he is back to form as he won in 44.88 seconds. Baboloki Thebe, of Botswana, finished second in Hungary in 45.13 seconds, and American Michael Cherry was third in 45.22 seconds.

The Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix meet takes place every year.

 

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting

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