Shaunae Miller-Uibo announced her retirement from the 400-meter event and her intention to return to the shorter 200-meter event shortly after her amazing triumph at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
At this point, the Bahamian has nothing more to show in the 400-meter event; she has already won two Olympic gold medals and the world crown thanks to a strong performance in Eugene.
Just one day after winning the World Championships, she told in an exclusive interview, “This is it.”
Simply said, I am ecstatic with how well I performed in this competition, and I am quite pleased with my own abilities. It’s been a long road, but we’ve completed it, and for that I feel nothing but pride. But at this point, all I care about is returning to my roots in the 200-meter dash and putting some serious time and effort into training for it.
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Miller-Uibo is not making his first attempt at the 200-meter distance. She’s leaving the one-lap distance at the top of her game, but she can’t wait to break the record she already holds for this event, which ranks 21st all time.
She stated, “I’d absolutely like to tap into it and see what we can do.” “I’ve put down 21.7 [seconds] without the speed training.”
The World’s Best Short-Distance Runners are Often 400-Meter Specialists.
Miller-Uibo will enter the 200-meter dash at the Diamond League competition in Silesia on August 6 at a time when the shorter-distance sprint disciplines are being dominated by self-proclaimed 400-meter runners.
In 2019, Fred Kerley of the United States won bronze in the 400 metres at the World Championships. This year, he switched events and won the 100 metres at the World Championships, surpassing the silver medal he earned at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. (in 2021).
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The 400-meter distance is still the long-term goal, he told FloTrack. Right now, all my energy is going into increasing my speed so that I can set a world record.
The Jamaican who ran the second-fastest time ever to win the World Championships in 21.45 seconds, Shericka Jackson, also believes the 400 metres to be her primary event, saying as recently as last year, “If somebody asks me today, I’m like,’remember, I’m not a sprinter, you know.’ If I keep sprinting next year, I’ll be like, “OK, I am a sprinter,” but for now, the name “quarter-miler” suits me just fine.
Miller-Uibo can “have fun with it and see where we go” by competing against the likes of Jackson, double Olympic 200m winner Elaine Thompson-Herah, and reigning world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica.
The Significance of His Legacy as a Sports Icon
Miller-Uibo is still in her prime at age 28, and the possibility of her bringing her record-setting skills back to an event she previously dominated is tantalising to sports fans.
Although she is best known for her performance in the 400-meter event, she earned bronze at the World Championships in the 200-meter event in 2017. She also won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games over the 200-meter distance, where she set a new world record.
To leave her stamp on the sport and highlight the principles she has brought to the world of athletics, she is returning to the half-lap distance.
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She commented, “All I want is for my legacy to reflect the effort I’ve put in over the years.” To be one of the best in the sport has been a lifelong goal of mine, and the fact that I get to pursue that goal as an adult is nothing short of a miracle.
I want the young people of the future to know that they can do everything they set their minds to. Never give up, ignore everyone who tells you can’t, and enjoy life to the fullest.
Miller-Uibo has just finished one of the most impressive careers ever in the 400-meter dash, and now the real fun can begin as she pursues her aspirations in the 200-meter event.