Miller-Uibo cruises, McLeod bat­tles to win

Stabroek News Sunday - - SPORT -

EU­GENE, Ore­gon, CMC

– Olympic cham­pion Shau­nae Miller-Uibo of the Ba­hamas crushed her op­po­si­tion to con­vinc­ingly win the 400 me­tres at the Pre­fontaine Clas­sic here yes­ter­day.

In the third meet­ing of the IAAF Di­a­mond League at Hay­ward Field, the 24year-old cruised to a time of 49.52 sec­onds after dom­i­nat­ing the last 200 me­tres of the event.

Run­ning out of lane four, Miller-Uibo made progress down the back­stretch as Amer­i­can Phyl­lis Fran­cis and Shakima Wim­b­ley showed early.

Miller-Uibo came off the turn level with Fran­cis (50.81) but pulled away to leave the field in her wake and cross the line with­out a chal­lenger.

“I feel like I’ve got­ten re­ally strong this year and the race just felt re­ally great,” said Miller-Uibo, who won the 200 me­tres in Shang­hai two weeks ago.

“There are some things to work on go­ing for­ward but for this early in the sea­son I will take that.”

There was also a sec­ond win for Ja­maican Omar McLeod who took the 110 me­tres hur­dles in a time of 13.01 sec­onds.

The Olympic cham­pion was pushed all the way to the line by sec­ond placed Sergey Shubenkov (13.08), Amer­i­can Devon Allen who was sec­ond in 13.13 and Spain’s Or­lando Ortega who was fourth.

Another Ja­maican, Janieve Rus­sell, pro­duced a late burst to snatch the women’s 400m hur­dles in a time of 54.06 sec­onds.

Olympic cham­pion Dalilah Muham­m­mad (54.09) ap­peared set for the win com­ing off the last hur­dle with Rus­sell in third be­fore the lat­ter surged to the line first.

Amer­i­can Ge­or­ganne Mo­line fin­ished third in 54.33. Once again, how­ever, dou­ble Olympic sprint cham­pion Elaine Thomp­son failed to shine, trail­ing home third in the women’s 100m in 10.98 as Ivo­rian Marie-Josée Ta Lou won in 10.88.

Com­mon­wealth cham­pion Jereem Richards fin­ished a dis­tant sec­ond in the men’s 200m event in 20.05 after Amer­i­can Noah Lyles clocked a joint world-lead­ing 19.7 to take the win. Printed and pub­lished daily by Guyana Publi­ca­tions Inc 46/47 Robb Street, La­cy­town, Ge­orge­town. Tel 226-7206, 226-2333, 227-4080, 226-2515, 225-4637

Gareth Bale’s as­ton­ish­ing bi­cy­cle kick gave Real Madrid a 2-1 lead in yes­ter­day’s Cham­pion’s League fi­nal. Bale net­ted once more to be­come the first sub­sti­tute player to score twice in a Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

Ba­hamian Miller-Uibo. Shau­nae

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