Shaunae Miller-Uibo won her first world title on Friday’s (22 July) 8th day at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 in Eugene, USA.
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The Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2022 Olympic Games 400m champion finally took the crown at this level after picking up silver in Doha 2019.
The 28-year-old would not be denied on Friday (22) at Hayward Field. Miller-Uibo led wire to wire, her long green hair flowing behind her, to win with a world-leading time of 49.11.
“It has been a long time coming, and the main thing for us this season was the world championships and a gold medal,” Miller-Uibo said. “That’s one thing we were missing, so I ran a very tactical race. To go out with the gold, I am very proud.”
Sada Williams of Barbados claimed the bronze with a national record of 49.75. Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic took the silver in 49.60 and
Williams was the first woman from Barbados to make the final, and her country has won only one other medal at the World Championships: Ryan Brathwaite’s gold medal in the 110m hurdles in 2009.
Williams went under 50 seconds for the first time, with her previous PB being 50.11.
“It’s a very overwhelming feeling; I can’t even begin to describe it,” Williams said. “I’m super happy about my performance and the national record, of course. And it was a great experience.”