A case could be argued that most Bahamians watching the IAAF World Championships’ women’s 400 meters final let out a collective gasp along with a number of possible verbal reactions.
It was the rematch that nearly everyone kept an eye on with Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Allyson Felix back on the track together for the first time since their controversial Olympic 400m finals finish.
On a rainy and gloomy evening in London, England all went well for Miller-Uibo, who took off very strongly out of the blocks as she ran in lane seven with Felix running in lane five. The Olympic champion pushed out in front headed into the final 100m of the race with Felix and her teammate Phyllis Francis trailing.
But in the closing meters of the race of what appeared to be a certain gold medal, Miller-Uibo began to pull up, leaving the gold medal to be won by the United States’ Francis, who took the tape in a personal best time of 49.92 seconds. Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain set a new national record for her country with a time of 50.06 seconds. Felix settled for the bronze with a clocked time of 50.08 seconds. Miller-Uibo fell to fourth with a time of 50.49 seconds.
There was no official word on what may have caused Miller-Uibo to pull up in the final moments of the race up to press time. If she is given the all clear, she will compete in the women’s 200m semi-finals coming up today at 4:05p.m local time. Antonique Strachan and Grand Bahama’s Tynia Gaither are also set to compete in the event’s semi-finals.
On the field, however, Bianca “BeBe” Stuart also competed in the women’s long jump qualification. She gave a spirited effort but finished 28th overall out of 30 jumpers, with a leap of 5.91m.
Donald Thomas is still set to compete. The men’s high jump qualification takes place tomorrow at 6:15 a.m local time.