Miller-Uibo, Gardiner victorious in Monaco
-Uibo ran a season-best 22.09 seconds to win the 200 meters (m) and Steven Gardiner won the 400m race in 44.51 seconds at the IAAF Diamond League in Monaco at Stade Louis II Stadium yesterday evening.
Also participating in Monaco were Bahamians Pedrya Seymour, in the 100m hurdles, and Latario Collie-Minns, in the triple jump.
Miller-Uibo’s 22.09 seconds erased her previous season-best time of 22.18 seconds, a time she set this past Tuesday at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial, in Hungary.
She said; “I feel pretty good. I did a good job out there.
“I’m happy with how the race went. The quicker I am at the 200m, the quicker I’ll be at 400m and I’m really happy with where I’m at right now. My coach said he was very happy with how I ran the turn. If they can change the timetable for the Olympics I’d be more than happy to double.”
It was a very close finish for second place as Elaine Thompson ran 22.44 seconds to edge out Dafne Schippers who crossed the finishing line in a season-best time of 22.45 seconds to lock down third place.
With everyone waiting to see what color her hair will be, Miller-Uibo decided to don a light-pink shade. She looked like she came to take care of business and also have some fun. She did both.
The sprinter, who ran out of lane six, got out of the blocks smoothly as she picked her head up and headed for the curve.
Coming off the curve, the Bahamian had a slim lead over Schippers and Thompson, who was next to her in lane five.
After coming off the curve, Miller-Uibo turned it up a notch and began to pull away from Schippers and Thompson.
The Bahamian sprinted away and left the two to run for second place. They had no chance of catching her.
Last year at this same meet, Miller-Uibo lowered the Bahamian national record in the 400m to 48.97 seconds.
Gardiner won his race in a fast 44.51 seconds. Abderrahman Samba had to settle for second place with a time of 45 seconds flat. Securing third place was Nathan Strother, with a time of 45.54 seconds.
“The false start – I almost covered 100m but I stopped when I saw everybody stop. I came back, re-focused and went again,” Gardner said after the race.
He said he felt good to get the win.
There was a mass confusion that involved Kahmari Montgomery who appeared to have a false start. In that mix-up, Davide Re, Johnathan Jones and Anthony Jose Zambrano continued to run.
Re and Zambrano stopped after a while but Jones ran the entire 400m by himself because he did not hear the false start gun.
Zambrano and Jones did not start in the second and final attempt of the event. However, Montgomery who appeared as if he was waiting on the disqualification card, never got it, and was allowed to run in the second run-off. However, the official results after the race showed that he was indeed disqualified.
Gardiner had a fantastic run despite not exceeding his season-best of 44.51 seconds. He cruised to victory as he used his long strides to stay ahead of the field.
On the backstretch, Gardiner began to separate himself but Samba was fast approaching.
Right after the curve, Gardiner went up another gear with about 80 meters left and went into cruise control. Samba began to fade into the distance as Gardiner crossed the finish line first in 44.51 seconds.
Gardiner, who has been nagged with injuries, is looking healthy again as his eyes should be set on the Doha World Championships which is set for September 27 to October 6 at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Seymour, who ran out of lane one, did not get to the first hurdle as she had a false start and was disqualified from the race.
Collie-Minns made his Diamond League debut but finished at the bottom of the table for eighth. His best jump was his first jump where he recorded 16.15m (52’ 11 3/4”), a distance way below his season best of 17.04m (55’ 10 3/4”).
Winning that event with a meet record and a season-best of 17.82m (58’ 5 1/2”) on his third jump was Christian Taylor.
Will Claye was second with 17.75m. Pedro Pichardo was third with a leap of 17.38m (57’ 1/4”).
The next Diamond League is set for July 20-21, 2019, at the London Stadium, London, England.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism