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Shaunae Miller-Uibo got the better of a side-by-side duel with Elaine Thompson in a rehearsal for the 200-meter final at the Commonwealth Games.

There was no gold medal on the line Wednesday when Olympic 100- and 200-meter champion Thompson and the 400-meter gold medalist met in the semifinals, so Miller-Uibo didn’t require the dive across the finish line that made her one of the photographic highlights of the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Bahamas sprinter won their semifinal race in 22.48 seconds and Thompson, who didn’t run the 100, eased off to finish in 22.95.

The Jamaican got away quickly and caught Miller-Uibo in her immediate outside lane as they rounded into the straightaway. But when Miller-Uibo pushed back, Thompson appeared to let her go.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins women's 200m semifinal ahead of Elaine Thompson
Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins women’s 200m semifinal ahead of Elaine Thompson
With the final 24 hours away, neither offered comment as they left the track. Shericka Jackson qualified fastest in a career-best 22.20, followed by Dina Asher-Smith of England in 22.44 and Miller-Uibo.

Without Thompson racing the 100, Jamaica had to settle for silver and bronze on the Gold Coast.

Yohan Blake was also upset in the men’s 100 and finished with bronze, meaning Jamaica is still awaiting a sprint gold at the games.

Source: AP

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