Bahamian sprint goddess – Shaunae Miller-Uibo is likely to drop the 400 metre race to concentrate fully in the women’s 200 metres in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games due to the tight scheduling between the two events.
Miller-Uibo, 26, is currently the best in both the 200m and 400m events.
She has put in a request to the IOC to adjust the scheduling to allow her compete in both events but the International Olympic Committee have not responded to her plea even though same have done in the past to accommodate Americans Michael Johnson and Allyson Felix as well as French track icon Marie Jose Perec.
“As it is now, the schedule isn’t set up for me to do two events, so I would have to choose one event and we’re leaning more toward the 200 meters seeing that we already have the 400 meters title,” Miller-Uibo told the Bahamas Guardian.
“We wanted to do both – I wanted to go after the 200 metres title and also wanted to defend my 400 meters title, but the way the schedule is set up, it would be difficult to do both. It’s been that way for a few years now. When they didn’t change the schedule, we had to make some decisions and right now, we’re leaning toward the 200. Nothing is finalized as yet, but that’s the way it is right now.”
Meanwhile, President of Bahamas Olympic Committee – Romell Knowles has also said that he hopes the IOC gives them positive response because it means so much to them [Bahamas].
“We have made an appeal to have the schedule changed. We’ve not received a positive response as yet, but we remain hopeful that they would take another look at it because it means so much to us and it means so much to Shaunae Miller-Uibo,” he said.
“To come from such a small island and to get an opportunity to be among the best in the world in both the 200 and 400 meters is just phenomenal. The precedence has already been set and we would just like to be given that opportunity. It means so much to a little country like ours that has produced such great athletes,” he added.
Having dominated both the 200m and 400m during 2018 and 2019, Miller-Uibo won the 400 m silver medal in the 2019 World Championships in Athletics in Qatar, running the tenth fastest time in history, a national record of 48.37 seconds.