Bahamian national record holder Shaunae Miller-Uibo insists she had very little reason to feel disappointed despite finishing second to Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser in the women’s 400m on Thursday.
Miller-Uibo entered the event as the prohibitive favourite, having not lost in the event for close to two years. Eid Naser, who had shown impressive form as she trotted to the line in the semi-finals, was in a different class in the final, however, and put away the field with an impressive 48.14. The Bahamian also clocked a personal best with an area record 48.37 an astounding 0.6 seconds off her previous personal best.
The time recorded by Eid Naser was, however, the third-fastest in history and the fastest run over the distance in 36 years. On the face of such a stunning performance, Miller-Uibo has chosen to focus on the positive of a smashing new personal best and maximum effort on the track.
“I just wanted to go out there and give it my all and I did just that. I just give God all the thanks and praise for allowing me to finish healthy. To finish with a PR like that, .6 of a PR is huge,” Miller-Uibo said.
“We came into the season knowing that we could drop 48 low and we did just that so I can’t be disappointed with the race. We gave it our all and to come out with a silver medal with that time is impressive.”
“Coming off the curve I saw the distance between us and I already knew in my head that she was too far away. I also knew I had a whole of strength left and I used it but it just wasn’t good enough I guess, but I know we gave it our all and to PR with .6 is impressive so I’m really happy.”
Source: Kwesi Mugisa