Disappointment in Bahamas as Miller-Uibo not voted IAAF Female Athlete of the Year

Shaunae Miller-Uibo

Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo had one of the most historic track and field years to date, which earned her a spot among the finalists for the 2018 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Female Athlete of the Year honor. 

However, at the IAAF Athletic Awards held in Monaco yesterday evening, the result was disappointing for Miller-Uibo and The Bahamas. Columbia’s Caterine Ibarguen was announced as the recipient of the IAAF’s highest individual female honor, over the Diamond League champion Miller-Uibo and three others. 

Both Ibarguen and Miller-Uibo registered magical years for themselves and their countries. The 2018 IAAF Female Athlete of the Year completed an historic long jump / triple jump at the Diamond League and Continental Cup, and ended the year with the triple jump world lead distance of 14.96m. 

As for the Diamond Queen, Miller’s dominance in her events, the 200m and 400m was tough to argue against. 

She went unbeaten across five events, inclusive of the Diamond League, in 15 races, including a 200m and 4x100m double at the IAAF Continental Cup.

She clocked a world-leading time and new Bahamian national record in the 400 meters with a time of 48.97 seconds on July 20 to eclipse the previous mark of 49.07 set by Tonique Williams back on September 12, 2004.

Miller-Uibo also added Commonwealth Games and IAAF Diamond League championships at 200 meters to her resumé and clocked world best times in the indoor 300m and 150m straight.

The Male Athlete of the Year Award went to Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who destroyed the marathon world record in Berlin with a time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds (2:01:39), and won his third London Marathon title. 

Sweden’s Armand Duplantis was named the Male Rising Star Award winner for his performances which included clearing 6.05m to go number two all-time in pole vault outdoors, becoming the European senior champion and becoming the World Under 20 champion with a championship record.

The United States’ Sydney McLaughlin was the female recipient of the Rising Star Award. McLaughlin recored two World Under 20 records in the 400m hurdles (52.75 seconds), two Under 20 indoor world bests at 400m (50.36 seconds), a World senior lead in the 400m hurdles and while becoming a U.S. collegiate champion in the 400m hurdles.

Other award recipients included; Andreas Brugger (President’s Award), Evelyn Lopez (Woman of the Year Award, and Seleman Berega (Photo of the Year Award). 

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