Miller-Uibo now looking to the Olympics

Shaunae Miller-Uibo was expressive on social media, thanking everyone for their support during her run for a world title and promised to come back even stronger next year.

The 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships wrapped up on Sunday, in Doha, Qatar.

Miller-Uibo settled for silver in the women’s 400 meters (m) in an area and national record time of 48.37 seconds – the first outdoor area record for The Bahamas in the modern era. In other words, no American female has ever run faster over that distance, and the United States is the mecca for quarter-milers in the world.

Salwa Eid Naser, of Bahrain, ran the third-fastest time in history in winning the gold. In fact, many consider her stunning time of 48.14 seconds as a world record given the drug-tainted era of the past. As for Miller-Uibo, she’s now the sixth-fastest of all-time.

She said on social media that she is in great spirits and is looking forward to 2020 – an Olympic year.

“When you serve such a powerful God who does not sleep, how could you not smile?” she asked. “I may not have gotten the medal I wanted, but we came to these champs preparing to run a 48-low and we left with a 48.37 which was .60 seconds faster than my old PR (personal best) and that’s massive! Overall, it was an amazing season, having run 21.74 in my 200 and now 48.37 in my 400. We’ve worked so hard this year and the training doesn’t stop now. God has so much more in store for me and I’m going to continue to give it my all, for the glory does not belong to us, it belongs to God. You may hear me say “we” a lot and that’s because there’s so much more than just myself who I’m representing. With that being said, a BIG thank you to my very large and hard-working team for allowing this to be such a great season.”

Miller-Uibo thanked her coach Lance Brauman, her athletics club Pure Athletics, her management team at On Track Management, her sponsor Adidas, her parents who she called “the bosses” Shaun and Mabeline Miller, her spiritual mother Apostle Janice McKenzie, her massage therapists Dr. Sergio and Dr. Savvas Panavoglou, her siblings, her family and friends, Bahamians in general, and all of her supporters.

“To my Bahamaland, that one was for you. Keep your head up, we love you. We’ll be back next year and we’ll be better. See you in 2020. #WatchGod,” she said.

A world title remains just about the only title to elude Miller-Uibo in her outstanding career. She has won an Olympic title, four Diamond League titles and had a 26-event unbeaten streak entering the women’s 400m final last Thursday. In the 400m, she had won seven straight, and in the 200m, she still has a 12-race unbeaten streak. Miller-Uibo might have been beaten, but it took a miraculous run from a petite but powerful young lady from Bahrain to get it done.

Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ (BAAA) President Drumeco Archer had nothing but high praise for The Bahamas’ Olympic champion, who will be looking to successfully defend that Olympic title next year.

“With Shaunae, I can’t imagine her performing any better than what she did,” he said. “Shaunae posted the highest report card that any one person could expect of her, setting a new national record, a new area record, and of course bettering her personal best by more than half of a second. She is a multiple Diamond League winner and the Olympic champion. That’s amazing in and of itself and it sets up a wonderful opportunity for there to be a comeback on her behalf for 2020 as she moves toward defending her Olympic gold medal.”

New North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) President Mike Sands was equally as supportive of Miller-Uibo. He said: “At the end of the day, her performance was outstanding. It’s the fastest time she ever ran and once an athlete does that, there is nothing more you could ask for. It just so happens that Naser was better in that particular race and on that particular day, but Shaunae did her best and we should celebrate her for what she did. She is keeping The Bahamas on the world stage, and we celebrate her and thank her for that.”

Going into an Olympic year, Miller-Uibo now realizes that she has to step her game up even more if she wants to successfully defend her title. At 25, she is in the prime of her career. Naser, the Nigerian-born Bahraini, is just 21. No doubt she will continue working as well. Her upset of Miller-Uibo in the women’s 400m final last Thursday will only cause the Bahamian track star to work harder.

The Summer Olympics is set for July 24 to August 9, in Tokyo, Japan. The Bahamas yearns for redemption when the two young ladies will meet over 400 meters again. It’s only a matter of time.


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Sheldon Longley

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.

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