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Breaking | Shaunae Sets New National Record; Captures the Diamond again...

Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas reacts after winning the women's 200m race, during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting in the stadium Letzigrund in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, August 29, 2019. AP

August 29, 2019

Sheldon Longley

Shaunae Miller-Uibo has entered a new stratosphere in world sprinting!

In what was her last 200 meters (m) race for the season, she went out in style, setting a new national record, new Diamond League record and world leading time. The Bahamian track sensation ran 21.74 seconds to win her third straight Diamond League title, and fourth in total, at the first of two Diamond League Finals, in Zürich, Switzerland, today.

Dina Asher-Smith, of Great Britain, was a distant second in a season’s best time of 22.08 seconds, and double sprint Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson, of Jamaica, was even further back in a modest 22.44 seconds.

It’s no secret that the ending stages of Miller-Uibo’s 200m sprint is usually the best part of her race, so when she came off the curve in line with the leaders, one got the feeling that greatness was about to occur for the Bahamian star. She pulled away from the rest of the field and won comfortably, ironically on the same track where she set the previous national record of 21.88 seconds two years ago – Stadion Letzigrund in Zürich.

As if she needed any further validation that she was already among the world’s best sprinters ever, Miller-Uibo is now in a four-way tie for 11th all-time in the women’s 200m, and is just the second woman ever to run under 21.75 seconds in the 200m and under 49 seconds in the 400m.