Shaunae Miller-Uibo recorded a time of 48.97 in the women’s 400m dash at Diamond League Monaco to become the 10th woman in history to go sub-49 seconds in the event.
Setting the scene for a night of unforgettable track action, Shaunae Miller-Uibo shattered the Bahamas and Diamond League records with a blistering 48.97sec in the opening 400m, Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Nasr coming in second in an Asian record of 49.08.
“I’m so happy I got this sub-49 I was waiting for,” said Miller-Uibo, who became only the fifth female in history to have gone sub-49 in the 400m and sub-22 in the 200m.
“The next goal is to remain consistent on this level and long term another barrier is 48 seconds,” with the world record of 47.60sec set by East German Marita Koch back in 1985.
That scintillating start to action was followed up by Botswana’s Nijel Amos running a season-topping 1:42.14 in the 800m, and then Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya also setting a world lead (and personal best) of 3:28.41 in the 1500m.