DOHA, Qatar Shaunae Miller-Uibo gave it her all today, and that was evident by the stunning area record that she ran, but the miniature, but powerful Salwa Eid Naser, of Bahrain, literally ran the race of life, dropping jaws along the way.
Miller-Uibo’s chief rival over the past two years blazed to victory in a world-leading 48.14 seconds, the third-fastest time in history and the fastest time in the world in 34 years.
It was the race of a lifetime, expected by no one inside the Khalifa International Stadium at the 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday night.
Miller-Uibo was fantastic in defeat, running an area record of 48.37 seconds, making her the sixth-fastest of all-time, but with Naser sneaking up behind her and powering to the lead by the 300m mark, there was little the Bahamian Olympic Champion and four-time Diamond League Champion could do.
She charged hard on the home stretch, but Naser’s lead was too insurmountable to overcome.
Jamaican Shericka Jackson was third in a personal best time of 49.47 seconds. American Wadeline Jonathas finished fourth in 49.60 seconds, and defending champion Phyllis Francis rounded out the top five in 49.61 seconds as the top five all went under 50 seconds and all five ran personal best times.
Miller-Uibo, who has donned colorful hairstyles throughout the season, paid tribute to the Bahamian flag with aquamarine, gold and black hair for her final run at the championships.
This is her first loss in more than two years.