Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins, Steven Gardiner dominates once again

Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland, left, Kyra Jefferson of the United States, center, and Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, right, compete during the women’s 200 meters at the Shanghai Diamond League track and field competition in Shanghai, China, Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo)

Shaunae Miller-Uibo made her Diamond League debut while Steven Gardiner re-affirmed his dominance in the quarter-mile.

The elite world-class athletes picked up victories at the 2018 Shanghai Diamond League this past Saturday at the Shanghai Stadium in China.

In her debut, Miller-Uibo faced some familiar adversaries in the Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers, Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson and the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou in the women’s 200 meters.

Nonetheless a near perfect start for the 400m Olympic Champion led into a smooth transition off the curve. Halfway through the final 100 meters of the race, the quarter-mile specialist turned on the after burners and took the tape in the first place.

Her smooth 200 meters run in Shanghai allowed her to set a new meet record and season’s best in the time of 22.06 seconds. Schippers was the eventual second place finisher with a season’s best time of 22.34 seconds. Jackson finished third in the time of 22.36 seconds.

The fast-paced contest saw several other season best times set by the remainder of the field. Ta Lou set a new season’s best for herself at 22.58 seconds, while the United States’ Jenna Prandini, Kyra Jefferson and Deajah Stevens each set new season best times of 23.02 seconds, 23.05 seconds and 23.06 seconds respectively. China’s Yongli Wei also clocked a season’s best time of 23.56 seconds.

The 200 meters has become a focus for Miller-Uibo in an effort to strengthen herself even more when it comes to the 400 meters event.

“I am pretty excited about my race. My main aim was to get a good start off the curve and I think I did a pretty good job doing that,” she was quoted, “It’s something we’ve been working on.

“I know with the quality of the field, that some of the girls would finish off strong so that was a major thing for me.”

In the men’s quarter-mile sprint, Gardiner built on the momentum garnered in his Diamond League debut back on May 4.

He picked up his second Diamond League victory in the men’s 400 meters and registered a second meet record, this time in 43.99 seconds.

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala came across the finish line in second place in a new season’s best time of 44.23 seconds. Qatar’s Abdalleleh rounded out the top three with a time of 44.51 seconds.

The United States’ Fred Kerley and Christian Taylor finished fourth and fifth respectively and both set new season best times at 44.71 seconds and 45.24 seconds respectively.

Miller-Uibo and Gardiner are expected to have some time off before their next Diamond League appearances. The 2018 Diamond League makes its next stop at Eugene, Oregon, United States May 25-26.

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