Bahamian Olympic champion wins comfortably over world-class field
Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo tied the world record in the 300m indoors at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games on the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, in New York on Saturday. She won easily, in 35.45 seconds. FILE
February 5, 2018
Shaunae Miller-Uibo continues to set herself apart from anyone else in Bahamian track and field history.
The towering Olympic champion became the first Bahamian to hold two world records over the weekend, tying the all-time mark in the 300 meters (m) indoors.
Miller-Uibo was fantastic – tying the 300m indoors world record of 35.45 seconds at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, in New York. Miller-Uibo has taken part in the meet in each of the past three years, and on Saturday past, she was up a world-class field.
It certainly didn’t matter to Miller-Uibo, as she blew past collegiate rival Ashley Spencer, of the United States, in the first 100m of the race. At that point Miller-Uibo was significantly ahead of the field, and set her sights on the finish line. She powered through the tape, winning easily in 35.45, equalling Russian Irina Privalova’s world mark from 1993.
It’s Miller-Uibo’s second world record after setting an all-time best in the 200m straight at the Adidas Boost Boston Games last year. She was the third Bahamian to ever set a world record, joining Thomas A. Robinson, who accomplished the feat in the 300 yards, and Danny Smith, who did it in the 50-yard hurdles.
“Coach just wanted me to come out here and put down a pretty good time, and to walk out with the world record is a great feeling,” said Miller-Uibo to NBC Sports afterward.
It was a blazing opening for Miller-Uibo, who has competed in the event at the Millrose Games for the past three years. Canadian Sage Watson was a distant second in 37.08 seconds; American Jaide Stepter was third in 37.23; fellow American Courtney Okolo finished fourth in 37.28 seconds; and Spencer was nearly two seconds behind Miller-Uibo, finishing in 37.43 seconds.
Last year, Miller-Uibo ran 35.71 seconds for the victory. At that time, it was a
personal best for her and the third-fastest of all time. This year, she was even more impressive, winning by a significant margin over her competitors and matching the all-time best mark in the event.
There’s no Olympics or outdoor world championships this year, but there is a chance Miller-Uibo could compete in the 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Indoor Championships, which is set for March 1-4, in Birmingham, England. Also, the opening of the IAAF Diamond League season is just three months away. This year, it is expected that Miller-Uibo will be defending her 200m and 400m Diamond League titles.
“This year is basically just going to be a fun year for me,” she said. “We’ll see what event I will be focusing on more – the 200 or 400 – but it’s just about going out there and having a lot of fun.”
Miller-Uibo’s world record was one of two at the Millrose Games on Saturday. The American women’s 4x800m relay team of Chrishuna Williams, Raevyn Rogers, Charlene Lipsey and Ajee Wilson set a new world record of 8:05.89 in that event.
Miller-Uibo was the only Bahamian competing at the Millrose Games on Saturday.