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Congratulatory remarks continue to come in for Miller-Uibo

Accolades and well-wishes continued to pour in for local track celebrity Shaunae Miller-Uibo over the weekend, given the run of historic proportions she had last Thursday at the 58th Ostrava Golden Spike Meet at the Městský Stadion in Ostrava-Vítkovice, Czech Republic.

Miller-Uibo obliterated the world record in the 300 meters (m), her third world record outdoors in as many years, and fourth in total.

She ran a time of 34.41 seconds, destroying the former world record of 35.30 seconds that was set by Mexican Ana Guevara, a former rival of Bahamian World and Olympic Champion Tonique Williams-Darling, in Mexico City, Mexico, in May of 2003.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis called Miller-Uibo over the weekend to personally congratulate her and her husband Maicel Uibo on behalf of the government of The Bahamas and the Bahamian people.

The prime minister acknowledged Miller-Uibo’s stellar career as a sprinter, and noted that this latest milestone was yet another example of her distinction in the sport of track and field. He said he is looking forward to congratulating Miller-Uibo in person on her next visit home to The Bahamas.

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture also sent out congratulatory remarks over the weekend, and included in its message, the exploits of men’s 200-400m national record holder Steven Gardiner. Gardiner won the men’s 400m at that same meet in the Czech Republic, finishing in 44.95 seconds. Bouncing back from a strained Achilles tendon injury, it was a modest time for him – the first time he’s been in the high 44s in the 400m in two years.

“The ministry takes this opportunity to congratulate both athletes and we wish them, and all of our outstanding athletes, a continued healthy and successful season,” read a statement from the ministry.

Marita Koch, representing the German Democratic Republic (GDR) at the 4th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Cup in Athletics in 1985, set the fastest ever recorded time over the 300m distance (34.14 seconds) but that was done en route to a longer distance. Koch is also the world record holder in the open women’s 400m at 47.60 seconds.

In the flat 300m, Miller-Uibo is now the fastest ever, adding that world record to the ones in the 150 and 200m straight events, and the 300m indoors.

Miller-Uibo remains unbeaten in 2019, as she was in all of 2018. She has an 18-race unbeaten streak, dating back to the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham Diamond League Meet in 2017 when she finished eighth in the women’s 100m. She hasn’t lost in the 200 and 400m since the London World Championships in 2017, and remains unbeaten in the 300m, indoors or outdoors, in her professional career.

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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