when shaunae miller-uibo crossed the finish line in the women’s 400m at the oregon22 world championships in athletics, she checked off the last item on her to-do list.
miller-uibo was 16 years old in 2010 when he won the under-18 world title. Over the years, the Bahamian has racked up the U-20 title, the world indoor championships gold medal and not just one, but two Olympic gold medals. But the top step of the world championships in athletics podium had always eluded Miller-uibo, who won silver medals in 2015 and 2019 and was fourth in 2017.
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the 28-year-old player would not refuse on Friday (22) at hayward field. miller-uibo led from wire to wire, her long green hair flowing behind her, to win with a world-leading time of 49.11.
“It’s been a long time coming and the main thing for us this season was world championships and a gold medal,” said miller-uibo. “That’s something we were missing, so I ran a very tactical race. walk out with the gold, I’m very proud.”
And with that, he announced that he would switch to the 200m. “that’s it for me running the 400m,” said miller-uibo. “The plans for me are the 200m, which has always been my first love, and getting back to that.”
He led a Caribbean sweep, with Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic taking silver in 49.60 and Sada Williams of Barbados claiming bronze in a national record of 49.75.
paulino, who had arrived in eugene with a world-leading time of 49.49, won his country’s first medal in the event along with his gold in the 4x400m mixed relay. her compatriot fiordaliza cofil, who also won gold in the mixed relay, was sixth with 50.57. they were the first women from their country to reach a 400m final.
paulino said she was thankful she was injury-free after five 400-meter races. “I am privileged to be able to represent my country and take it to the highest level,” said Paulino. “The Dominican Republic is a force to be reckoned with. fiordaliza ran very well. this is a great achievement. I was alone at the Olympics and now she’s joined me.”
williams was the first woman from barbados to reach the final and her country has won only one other world championships medal: ryan brathwaite’s gold medal in the 110m hurdles in 2009.
williams went under 50 seconds for the first time, his previous bp being 50.11.
“It’s a very overwhelming feeling; I can’t even begin to describe it,” Williams said. “I am super happy with my performance and the national record, of course. and it was a great experience.”
when asked about his confidence, he replied: “confidence? Hmm. I just wanted to go out there and run under 50 seconds and if that got me on the podium I would be very happy about that.”
williams acknowledged that the reception in barbados would also be overwhelming. “I don’t even want to look at my phone right now,” he said, “but I can only imagine how happy they are.”
miller-uibo rocketed out of the blocks with the second fastest reaction time and quickly regained the wobble, maintaining his lead over paulino.
miller-uibo, who is now 2-1 against paulino, said the times didn’t matter to him. “It was about making sure we got the gold medal,” he said.
Her three medals in the 400m heat allyson felix, ana guevara, jearl miles-clark and lorraine graham-fenton. miller-uibo also captured bronze in the 200m in 2017.
lieke klaver of the netherlands was fourth in 50.33, followed by stephenie ann mcpherson of jamaica in 50.36.
the united states had no finalists for the first time since 2003.
Miller-UIbo’s husband, Estonian decathlete Maicel Uibo, hugged her after the race. will now start two days of competition. in 2019, they both won silver medals at the world championships.
Your wife has set the bar very high.
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