Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the 200m battle with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at Friday’s (9 July) Herculis EBS Monaco Diamond League.
World 100m champion Fraser-Pryce was off to a quick start and covered Miller-Uibo early. The Jamaican led off the curve, but Miller-Uibo fought back gallantly in the final 50 meters to take victory in 22.23.
Marie-Josee Ta Lou also finished strong to cross the line in second, running 22.25 seconds to Fraser-Pryce’s 22.48.
Miller-Uibo, who did not look smooth as expected, said the work towards full fitness is ongoing.
“We are getting the races in so we can get back in the best possible shape before Tokyo,” she said in her post-race interview.
“The girls out there are running great times at the minute, but there is nothing I love more than a great competition. The current level we see out there is very motivating, and I am very happy to see women on top of the sport now and making the headlines.”
Fraser-Pryce, who ran a personal best 21.79 at the Jamaica Olympic Trials, American Gabby Thomas, the US Olympic Trials winner in 21.62, and world champion Dina Asher-Smith are the main contenders for Tokyo 2020 200m gold.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson, who ran 21.82 this season, are also strong medal contenders.
Despite the solid 200-metre field, Miller-Uibo is still favouring the event over the weaker 400m, which is the defending champion.
“We are focusing on the 200m at the minute, and I want something new,” she explained.