Two-time Olympic 400 champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo has her sights set on breaking 36-year-old world record

By November 18, 2021

Bahamian superstar sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo has her sights set on establishing a new world record in the women’s 400 metres.

The reigning two-time Olympic 400 metres champion has a personal best of 48.36 which makes her the sixth fastest woman of all time. She achieved the time in a dominant display in the 400 final on her way to defending her title in Tokyo.

Speaking with Sportsmax.TV's Leighton Levy in an On Point to air on Sportsmax.TV’s YouTube Channel and app this Friday, (November 19) Miller-Uibo expressed that even the thought of challenging the world record is new territory for women’s 400 metres sprinters. Marita Koch's world record of 47.60 has been standing since 1985.

“Yeah definitely, I think there was a time where it was almost like people weren’t looking at the record but just seeing how far you can go in the 400,” the statuesque Bahamian said

The multiple world championship medallist credits her years of experience competing at the highest level as being among the reasons she now has her sights set on Koch’s 36-year-old mark while also noting there’s still more work to be done.

“I’ve put in a lot of work over these past seasons and I’ve learned a lot about the event and as my times continue to drop, I think we still have a long way to go,” she said.

Miller-Uibo also takes confidence from the fact that she was able to produce 48.36 during a season that was interrupted by injuries.

“Just being able to run 48.36 off of the season that I had. I think there’s so much more in store,” she said.

Even if she does not achieve the world record, the Bahamian says her main goal is to dip below the 48 second barrier for the first time.

“The main goal is definitely going to be to try and drop below the 48-second barrier. The world record is in sight and we’re definitely going to go out and try to go after it very hard and see where we fall with it,” she said.

If she does manage to break 48 seconds, Miller-Uibo would become only the third woman in history to do so after the 47.99 done in 1983 by Jarmila Kratochvilova and Marita Koch’s world record of 47.60.

The full interview with Shaunae Miller-Uibo can be seen on the Sportsmax YouTube channel and app this Friday.

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