On a day full of records and bests, Shaune Miller-Uibo soared to a season’s best time of 22.09 in the 200m at Friday’s (12 July) Diamond League stop in Monaco.
The Bahamian took a commanding lead once leaving the curve and continued to separate with her long strides down the homestretch.
Elaine Thompson finished second, narrowly fending off a surging Dafne Schippers in 22.44 to 22.45.
“God is good!” wrote Miller-Uibo on her social media page. “Great race with a great field of ladies last night in Monaco. Coach and I have been working on my curve all week, and it’s getting there slowly,” she continued.
Thompson, on her page, wrote “It’s amazing how the same pace in practice can feel so much harder than on race day. Stay confident. Trust the process.”
Although Steven Gardiner was victorious in the men’s 400m (44.51), the event began with some unusual drama. At the initial gun, American Khamari Montgomery false-started; however, a few of the other runners did not hear the second shot, with Barbadian Johnathan Jones completing the full lap before realizing what had occurred. This caused Jones and Colombian sprinter Anthony Jose Zambrano to forfeit the race entirely.
In the Women’s 100m hurdles, Jamaican Danielle Williams came in second (12.52) behind world record and holder Keni Harrison, who won the race in 12.43. Williams finished in a season’s best, while Jamaican world leader with 12.40 Janeek Brown (who recently turned pro out of Arkansas) finished fourth in 12.71.
Another Jamaican also finished second in a really competitive women’s 800m. Natoya Goule ran a season’s best time 1:57.90, only losing to American Ajee Wilson’s season’s best of 1:57.73.
In the women’s triple jump, which took place Thursday on the street, Shanieka Ricketts, jumped 14.67m for third.
Jamaicans Janieve Russell and Rushell Clayton finished fourth (54.70) and fifth (54.82) respectively, in the 400m hurdles behind American prodigy Sydney McLaughlin’s WL (53.32).
Bostwnanan Nigel Amos set a world lead of 1:41.89 in the men’s 800m. The time is also a new meet record.
Jamaican Aisha Praught-Leer, who was also in this race which featured 9 of 12 runners setting Personal Bests (PB)s(3 national records), finished 11th 4:26.14, a PB as well.