Shaunae Miller-Uibo was once again in fine form, finishing in convincing fashion in the women’s 150 meters (m) straight at the Adidas Boost Boston Games at Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
After running an all-time world best time of 16.23 seconds in that same event a year ago, Miller-Uibo returned to Boston on Sunday, and was equally as impressive.
She ran 16.37 seconds to take the win over Trinidad & Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye. Ahye stayed with Miller-Uibo for much of the race and finished second in 16.60 seconds. American Shania Collins was third in 16.83 seconds, and the other Bahamian in the race, Tynia Gaither, finished fourth in 16.84 seconds. Angela Tenorio, of Ecuador, was fifth in 17.01 seconds.
Sticking with the glowing red hair that she displayed in Jamaica a week ago when she took the women’s 400m title there, Miller-Uibo got out to a moderate start, stayed tall, maintained her form and pulled away from Ahye in the closing meters for the comfortable win. It was her third straight win to start the season, and her third straight in Boston.
In 2017, she set an all-time world best time in the women’s 200m straight, finishing in 21.76 seconds. The Bahamian Olympic Champion told NBC Sports that she loves running at the meet, and is just looking to continue improving as the season goes along.
Miller-Uibo hasn’t lost a race since the women’s 200m final at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in London, England, when she finished with the bronze medal behind Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast.
She is yet to open her season in the 200m, but has the two fastest times in the world in the women’s 400m this year. She won the 400m at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville, Florida, in April, in 49.05 seconds, and also took the 400m title at the Adidas Racers Grand Prix Meet in Kingston, Jamaica, in 49.54 seconds, nearly a second faster than the old meet record of 50.52 seconds that was set by American Allyson Felix in 2017.
The 49.05 time by Miller-Uibo is the second-fastest ever recorded by a Bahamian, and is just eight one hundredths of a second off her national record time (48.97 seconds in Fontvieille, Monaco last year). Miller-Uibo is the only woman worldwide to run under 50 seconds in the women’s 400m this year, and she has done it twice.
Coming off a season’s best time of 22.88 seconds in the women’s 200m in Jamaica, Gaither looked strong, finishing fourth in 16.84 seconds in the women’s 150m straight yesterday.
The other Bahamian in action in Boston yesterday, 200-400m national record holder Steven Gardiner, is trying to get back to form after a strained Achilles tendon injury kept him out of the IAAF World Relays. Gardiner was third in the men’s 200m straight, finishing in 20.49 seconds.
Zharnel Hughes, of Great Britain, won in 20 seconds flat, and Kyle Greaux, of Trinidad & Tobago, took second in 20.09 seconds. Gardiner, who has a season’s best time of 20.04 seconds, had to settle for third. Just last week, at the Star Athletics Sprint Series Meet, in Montverde, Florida, Gardiner was second in the men’s 200m timed final in 20.46 seconds. That was his first competition in nearly two months.
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