While 2016 Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo opted not to defend her 400-meter championship at the close of the 2018 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Diamond League, she did, however, solidify herself as the top 200m sprinter on that circuit. This past Friday, August 31 at the event’s grand finale in Brussels, Belgium, the double national record holder in the 200m and 400m stormed her way to a successful defense of her 200m DL crown.
Smack-dab between the Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers and Jamile Samuel as they came off the curve into the straight away, it did not take long for Miller-Uibo to activate the after burners and take first place in a time of 22.12 seconds.
Schippers and Samuel were left to settle for second and third place respectively.
The 24-year old said post race, “It feels amazing. To come back and get another title is amazing. I can take it home and add it to the collection. I give God all thanks and praise. I’m just happy with my performances so far this season. One more to go and I will be done.”
Bahrain’s Salwa Eld Naser would eventually carry away the women’s 400m DL championship.
The three-time Diamond League champion’s job is not quite done as yet. Before she strides off into the off-season she will join Grand Bahamian high jumper and World Champion Donald Thomas as they get set to compete at the IAAF Continental Cup September 8-9. The duo was selected to represent the Americas team.
The Americas team also features several of the leading performers from this year’s North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Championships and Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.
The fourth installment of the Continental Cup will feature four teams (Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe) competing across 20 track and field events for men and women, for a total of 40 events. Each team will enter two athletes in each event, except for relays where one team competes with a maximum of one athlete from each country per event.