Despite a loaded field for the women’s 150-meter dash, Shaunae Miller-Uibo was untouchable at the Adidas Boston Boost Games.
On a track constructed on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Garden, the sprinter from the Bahamas set the world record on Sunday afternoon, crossing the finish line in 16.23 seconds.
Miller-Uibo, who won gold in the 400 meters [49.44] at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, was faced with the task of going up against Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, a gold medalist at last month’s Commonwealth Games, as well as Sashalee Forbes of Jamaica, another Rio Olympian.
Nevertheless, Miller-Uibo made quick work of the two stars, as well as Americans Hannah Cunliffe and Tiffany Townsend in a race that never seemed close from the gun.
“Who I’m going against doesn’t really change my mind-set,” Miller-Uibo said. “I go into each race with the same mentality, and that’s to go out and win.”
Now having had enormous success at multiple distances, the 24-year-old still believes this is just the beginning.
“That confidence is always there,” Miller-Uibo said. “When you compete against a lot of fierce athletes and come out on top, you realize that you belong there. I’ve just recently been getting used to the 200, so jumping into the 150 was a pretty big risk, but training has been going well.”
The previous world record was set by American Tori Bowie when she ran a 16.30 in last year’s Boston Boost Games.
Bowie, the two-time world champion in the 100 meters, opted to compete in that event. The 27-year-old continued her dominance by taking first place in 11.05 seconds, edging Angela Tenorio of Ecuador and fellow American Jeneba Tarmoh.
Source: PJ Wright|| The Boston Globe
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