IN a big test as she prepares to secure the medal that has eluded her so far at the Olympics, Shaunae Miller-Uibo had enough room to bring back two of her rivals to win the women’s 200 meters in the EBS Herculis meeting in Monaco.
In the 48th Bahamas Independence Day celebrations this weekend, the reigning Olympic 400m champion claimed victory in the Wanda Diamond League encounter against Jamaican 100m world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Marie-Josee Ta Lou from Côte d’Ivoire.
While Miller-Uibo, who chose to focus on the 200m in Tokyo, won the race in 22.23 seconds, Ta Lou was second in 22.25 with Fraser-Pryce in 22.48.
Fraser-Pryce, 34, now “Mother Rocket” as she continues her gallant comeback since giving birth in 2017, used her precocious speed to take the lead in the turn with 32-year-old Ta Lou in tow. As usual in the majority of his races, Miller-Uibo came off the curve in third place and had enough strength in his imposing 6-foot-1 frame to cut through the leaders.
With about 30 yards to go, Miller-Uibo, running in lane seven, was able to catch Fraser-Pryce in jer inside lane five. Using his size to his advantage, Miller-Uibo managed to beat Ta Lou to the line.
“We’re focused on the 200m right now and I want something new,” said Miller-Uibo. “We are starting the race so that we can get back into the best possible shape before Tokyo. “
Miller-Uibo was referring to his return to the international stage after suffering a minor injury a few weeks ago. She succeeded by doubling the 200m and 400m at the Bahamas Association of Sports Associations national championships. However, on July 6 in Hungary, she suffered her first loss in the 200m since 2019 when she was beaten by Jamaican Shericka Jackson. .
In this race, Miller-Uibo attempted a comeback, but Jackson was too far behind. Jackson, 26, won in 21.96 and Miller-Uibo was second in 22.15.
There was no doubt that Miller-Uibo was determined not to let history repeat itself as she built up enough energy to return to victory on Friday.
“The girls are having a good time right now, but there’s nothing I love more than the big competition,” Miller-Uibo said in response to the pre-Olympics step. “The current level that we are seeing there is very motivating and I am very happy to see women at the top of the sport now and making the headlines.”
There is no doubt that when the games take place from July 23 to August 8, Miller-Uibo is hoping his performance will keep him in the spotlight.
Miller-Uibo, 27, comes out of her defeat in the last major global competition at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where she was beaten by Bahraini Salwa Eid Naser, who has since been suspended for not s be made available for doping tests, the Athletics Integrity Unit ruled last year.
Naser, 23, won the world title in October, finishing in 48.14 seconds – the fastest time of any woman since 1985. Her victory ended a 25-month winning streak for Miller-Uibo , who won silver despite an impressive national and regional run. record 48.37.
Miller-Uibo is heading to Tokyo currently ranked second in the world behind Britain’s Dana Asher Smith.
Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah is No. 3, Switzerland’s Mujunga Kambundji fourth and Jackson fifth.
In the 400m, Miller-Uibo is also ranked No.2 with Naser topping the list, Jamaican Stephanie Ann McPherson, Jackson fourth and Poland’s Justyna Swiety-Ersetic completing the top five.