Shaunae wins again; books spot for DL final

Shaunae Miller-Uibo now has an 11-race unbeaten streak in the women’s 200 meters (m) dating back to the London World Championships two years ago, and has recorded 25 straight victories overall, covering all of her events during that same time frame.

The Bahamian Olympic Champion was fantastic again on Sunday, winning the women’s 200m at the Muller Grand Prix Diamond League Meet in Birmingham, England. She crossed the finish line in a modest 22.24 seconds inside Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Sunday, powering through on the straightaway to take the title. Dina Asher-Smith, of Great Britain, was second in 22.36 seconds, and former World Champion over that distance, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, of Jamaica, finished third in 22.50 seconds.

Running out of lane six, a lane ahead of Asher-Smith and two lanes in front of Fraser-Pryce, Miller-Uibo came off the curve in stride with the frontrunners, and used her strength and long strides to carry her to victory on the home stretch. Sporting the royal blue hair, she proved to be a step ahead of her rivals once again.

Missing from the race was the world leader Elaine Thompson of Jamaica (22 seconds flat), but she was pale in comparison to Miller-Uibo at the Herculis EBS Diamond League Meet in Fontvieille, Monaco, last month. Five of the top 10 in the world this year were in the race. Miller-Uibo is at number three with a season’s best time of 22.09 seconds.

Two-time World Champion Dafne Schippers, of the Netherlands, was fourth in a time of 22.81 seconds and world number two Blessing Okagbare (22.05), of Nigeria, rounded out the top five in 22.83 seconds. Silver medalist from the London World Championships, Marie-Josée Ta Lou, of the Ivory Coast, had to settle for a disappointing eighth in 24.18 seconds.

Miller-Uibo was the only Bahamian in action at the Muller Grand Prix Diamond League Meet yesterday.

All of the athletes are tuning up for next month’s International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships, set for September 27 to October 6, at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

“The race didn’t go to plan,” said Miller-Uibo, who set a meet record of 22.15 seconds last year, on the IAAF’s website. “My start was just horrible and I had to rely on that 400m strength to get through. I’m feeling good. Before the race we had an idea of how we wanted the race to go and it didn’t go as planned so I’m happy for the win and ready to move on to the next.”

With the victory, Miller-Uibo has secured her spot in the Diamond League Final for the women’s 200m. She is in the sixth position with 16 points, and will go after her third straight Diamond League title in that event when the final is on Thursday, August 29 in Zürich, Switzerland. She hasn’t run any Diamond League race in the women’s 400m this year, and will not contest that event in the Diamond League Final.

In the women’s 200m, Asher-Smith leads the Dimond League standings with 29 points, closely followed by Schippers with 28. Double sprint Olympic Champion Thompson is third with 21 points, and she is followed by American Jenna Prandini and Okagbare, both with 18 points. Notably missing out of the top eight are Fraser-Pryce in 11th with six points and Ta Lou who is tied for 15th with just four points. Miller-Uibo won both the 200 and 400m titles in 2017, and then repeated as 200m champion last year.

There is just one remaining Diamond League meet prior to the two-day, two-city Diamond League Finals in Zürich, Switzerland, on August 29, and Brussels, Belgium, on September 6. The final regular season meeting is set for August 24 in Paris, France.

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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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