Shaunae Miller-Uibo celebrates after winning the women's 400m race during the IAAF Diamond League Athletics meeting at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, Friday, July 20, 2018. AP
July 21, 2018
As if she hasn’t already separated herself from anyone else in The Bahamas’ track and field past and present, Shaunae Miller-Uibo broke the 400 meters (m) national record in the IAAF Diamond League in Monaco yesterday afternoon.
She ran the race in a blistering time of 48.97 seconds (s) lowering the national record of 49.07s set by Tonique Williams in Berlin, Germany back in September 2004.
Miller-Uibo also surpassed Pauline Davis-Thompson who had the second best time in the 400m behind Williams. Davis Thompson’s time was 49.28 that she set in Atlanta, Georgia back in July 1996.
Miller-Uibo is now the only Bahamian woman to run under 49 seconds in this event.
This race featured five of the top 10 fastest 400m runners in the world this year. Miller and USA’s Shakima Wimbley were tied for the world leading time of 49.52.
Running out of lane six, Miller made her move at about 50m into the race to advance to the front. The race took shape as Salwa Eid Naser in lane five chased down Miller-Uibo. In the final 70m of the race, it was the two of them neck and neck.
Miller went up another gear in the final 10 meters as she outsprinted Naser to cross the finishing line first.
This race was the matchup that the track and field world was waiting for all year and there was no disappointment.
Naser won the silver medal in a time of 49.08, a personal best for her. Picking up the bronze medal in a very distant time of 50.85s was Wimbley.
Miller-Uibo’s personal best was previously 49.44 that she set at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil where she won gold in dramatic fashion over USA’s Allyson Felix.
With this time, Miller-Uibo set a meet record and solely has the world leading time. France’s Marie-Jose Perec previously held the meet record, a feat she did back in August 1996.
This is the fourth national record that she adds her name next to. The other three are the 150m straight, 200m and the 200m straight.
She set the 150m straight in May of this year at the Adidas Boost Boston Games in a time of 16.23s. The 200m record was set at Weltklasse Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland in a time of 21.88. She ran 21.76 in the Boost Boston Games in June 2017.
Miller is having a very successful year despite it being an off year in track and field.