Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo proud of her compatriot Steven Gardiner's success in Tokyo

By November 22, 2021

Bahamian two-time Olympic 400m champion, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, has expressed pride that Bahamian athletes won gold medals in both the men’s and women’s 400 metres at the Olympics in Tokyo this past summer.

Miller-Uibo clocked a lifetime-best 48.36 to win her second Olympic 400 metres gold medal after Steven Gardiner won his first Olympic gold medal in the event with a time of 43.85. Gardiner's Olympic gold came two years after he ran his lifetime best of 43.48 to win gold in the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Speaking on Sportsmax TV’s On Point, Miller-Uibo heaped praise on her compatriot.

“I mean, Steven is an exceptional athlete and he’s one of my close friends too. I’m so happy for him and he worked so hard to get to the point where he’s at. He deserves all the success. He’s been doing exceptional work in the sport,” Miller-Uibo said.

She also shared her reaction to him winning his gold medal in Tokyo.

“Him being right the day before me, I mean, I was freaking out for him. I was so happy,” she said.

Miller-Uibo also revealed that hearing the Bahamian national anthem playing at Gardiner’s medal ceremony inspired her performance in her 400 metres final.

“Right before I went for my final, the national anthem was playing and I was just in the back listening to it and watching it on television thinking we have to hear the national anthem play again. It has to happen,” she said.

You can see the full interview with Shaunae Miller-Uibo on the Sportsmax YouTube channel and on the Sportsmax app.

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