Sprinter Miller-Uibo, high jumper Wilson successful in Grand Prix

Miller-Uibo and Jamal WIlson

Two of the country’s top senior track and field athletes delivered first place performances over the weekend.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Jamal Wilson, each competed in Jamaica at the JN Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, Jamaica this past Saturday.

The women’s 400 meters Olympic champion has been using the 200 meters event in a few of her past competitions this season as a building to block for strength in her aforementioned marquee event. This past Saturday, Miller-Uibo returned to the 200 meters to continue in that trend.

Miller-Uibo started the contest in lane seven and in text book fashion got the first place finish as she pulled away from the field in the final meters of the contest. The Olympic gold medalist cruised across the finish line in the time of 22.11 seconds. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson took second place with a clocked time of 22.62 seconds. Jamaica’s Shashalee Forbes rounded out the top thee with a time of 22.86 seconds.

Also in that competition was Grand Bahamian, Tynia Gaither. However, the dynamo finished behind Miller-Uibo with a seventh place finish in the time of 23.46 seconds.

Just two weeks ago, Miller-Uibo competed in her first 400 meters event for the season in Eugene, Oregon at the 2018 Diamond League, in which she was victorious in 49.25 seconds.

Wilson, on the other hand, took top place in the men’s high jump event. His best jump of 2.24m was more than enough to separate him from the competition. Panama’s Alexander Bowen took second place with a best clearance of 2.21m. The United States’ Kyle Landon also finished at 2.21m but claimed third place with more knock downs than Bowen.

The recent win was the Commonwealth Games silver medalists’ second win in Jamaica for the year. Wilson grabbed first place in the Jamaica Invitational back in May, where he soared over 2.28m to claim the victory.

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