Tight schedule works against double for Miller-Uibo

Shaunae Miller-Uibo is having one of the greatest runs in track and field history. Her dominance of the 200 and 400 meters (m) solidifies her as the finest female performer in the half and full lap sprints in the world, at this time.

Is she, as yet, generally acknowledged as one of the all-time greats? That’s arguable.

Some would say that she is there already. However, when you compare her achievements thus far as a senior, with the likes of Usain Bolt, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Maria-Jose Perec and Allison Felix, it’s easy to reason that Miller-Uibo still has some strides to go to belong in that category of all-time world elites.

She could arrive there in a hurry though. A few doubles – which the elegant, fast-stepping one has the ability to do at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships and the Olympics – and she will be there in that high place among the greatest of all-time.

Miller-Uibo will be faced with a tight scheduling issue though, when she competes in Doha, Qatar, at the IAAF World Championships later this year, September 27 to October 6.

On the fourth day of competition, September 30, she will join the track activities, as the 200m heats for women are slated to begin at 10:05 a.m. (our time), and just an hour and 15 minutes later (11:20 a.m.), the heats for the 400m are set. That’s a tight fit for participation in the 200 and 400m.

On day five, October 1, there will be the 400m semifinals at 1:50 p.m. and the 200m semifinals at 2:35 p.m. The women’s 200m final will be on day six, October 2, at 3:35 p.m., and the 400m final is on day seven, October 3, at 4:50 p.m.

That’s what Miller-Uibo is up against if she wishes to try the double of the 200m and 400m in Doha. It’s a tall order and her coaches/advisors likely will not wish to tax her body in that manner.

Next year in Tokyo, Japan for the Olympic Games, the first round of the 200m is tentatively set for the morning of August 3, with the semifinals to follow that afternoon. On August 4, the first round of the women’s 400m is on tap in the morning, with the women’s 200m final scheduled for that evening.

The women’s 400m semifinals are slated for the afternoon of August 5, and the final will not be until two days later in the evening. Of course, if The Bahamas qualifies teams for the women’s 4×100 and 4×400 meters relays, they must be factored into the track mix for Miller-Uibo as well.

So, let the prayers flow for Miller-Uibo and the other Bahamian sports ambassadors. In her case, she is poised to join the all-time greats with her accomplishments etched in history in that regard.

She looks to be running so easily, as she out-strides the best of her world peers, but it is a difficult task, daily, she has to deal with in order to remain in peak condition. The sacrifices, no doubt, are plenty, as the fitness routine is her master. For the classy sprinter, there is much more to do indeed.

Best wishes Shaunae!

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at e-mail address or on WhatsApp at (242) 727-6363.

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