Shaunae Miller-Uibo appears to be leading the charge on Facebook, but there are two other social media outlets available to the public and time is winding down to vote for The Bahamas’ super track and field sensation. She is in the running for the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Female Athlete of the Year Award, and is among the favorites.
Miller-Uibo, who enjoyed an unbeaten campaign in 2018, has collected almost 7,000 votes on Facebook and about 10,500 on Instagram. She is in the lead among votes from the public on Facebook, but is fourth on Instagram. Colombia’s triple jumper Caterine Ibargüen leads the way on Instagram with 28,317 likes; Great Britain’s sprinter Dina Asher-Smith is second with 15,967 likes; Sandra Perković, a discus thrower from Croatia, is third with 10,565 likes; and Miller-Uibo is fourth with 10,495 likes.
Bahamians are encouraged to get on board and vote for Miller-Uibo. Fans can also vote on Twitter, and have up until November 12 to do so.
For Facebook, a vote can be placed by visiting the IAAF World Athletics Club page, scrolling down to the Female Athlete of the Year 2018 vote tab, clicking on it, clicking on Miller-Uibo’s photo, liking the photo and then sharing it. On Instagram, fans can vote for Miller-Uibo by visiting the IAAF Athletics page, scrolling down to Miller-Uibo’s photo and liking the photo.
A retweet on Twitter counts as one vote on that social media platform.
Also nominated for the award this year are Ibargüen, Asher-Smith, Perković, Kenyan distance runner Beatrice Chepkoech, Dutch middle and long distance runner Sifan Hassan, Russian high jumper Mariya Lasitskene, South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya, multi events athlete Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium and Polish hammer thrower Anita Włodarczyk.
The 10 nominees were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF. That list will be further narrowed down to five following a three-way voting process that concludes on November 12, and the winner of the year-ending award will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018, set for December 4 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
The public’s votes on social media count for just 25 percent of the final tally. The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by e-mail. The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50 percent of the result, and the IAAF Family’s votes will count for the remaining 25 percent of the final result.
Miller-Uibo has had arguably her best year as a professional track and field athlete. She finished her 2018 season with an unblemished 18-0 win-loss record in all of her events, including heats, semifinals and finals, relays and a couple of unconventional events for her – the shot put and high jump events.
Miller-Uibo won all nine of her 200 meters (m) races this year, tied Irina Privalova’s world record in the 300m indoors and blazed to a new world record in the 150m straight at the Adidas Boost Boston Games. She also won all three of her 400m races, one in a blazing world-leading time of 48.97 seconds; won the shot put and high jump events at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) National Open Championships with personal best marks; and climaxed her year by being a part of two gold medal winning squads at the IAAF Continental Cup.
The Bahamian golden goddess was literally in a class by herself all year. She is now a three-time winner at the IAAF Diamond League Finals, winning both the 200 and 400m last year and repeating as champion in the 200m this year.
Her national record time of 48.97 seconds in the women’s 400m is the fastest time in the world since 2009, and puts her in the top 10 all-time over that distance.
She is also one of five female athletes to ever run under 22 seconds in the women’s 200m and under 49 seconds in the women’s 400m.
The 24-year-old track speedster completed one of the all-time great years, if not the greatest year, by a Bahamian track and field athlete ever.
Just a world title eludes Miller-Uibo, and she will go after that at next year’s world championships in Doha, Qatar.