Miller runs season-best 22.09 in Monaco win

By July 12, 2019
Miller runs season-best 22.09 in Monaco win Diamond League

Shaunae Miller-Uibo continued her unbeaten streak this season and Steven Gardiner won a 400m surrounded by controversy at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.

Meanwhile, there were podium finishes for Elaine Thompson, Natoya Goule and Danielle Williams, who is making it difficult for her local federation to bar her from competing at the IAAF World Championships in Doha in just over two months’ time.

Miller-Uibo who is gearing up for her national championships set for July 26-28, clocked a season-best 22.09s, holding off Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who is back in pre-season mode following her world-leading 22.00 run in late June.

Thompson clocked 22.44 edging out 2015 World Champion Dafne Schippers who crossed the line in 22.45.

Gardiner won a 400m that was kind-of run twice.

When the gun went, a false start immediately was called. However, the three men in the outer three lanes kept on running. Meanwhile, those in lanes six and eight ran for about 200m. However, Barbados record holder Johnathan Jones ran all the way to the finish line and was surprised to see that he was the only one that ran all the way.

At the restart, Steven Gardiner won in 44.51.

Abderrahman Samba returning to action after a prolonged absence was second in 45.00 while Nathan Strother of the United States (45.54) also finished on the podium.

In the 800m, not a Diamond League event, Natoya Goule ran a season-best 1:57.90, losing by two metres to the USA’s Ajee Wilson, who clocked a season-best 1:57.73. Great Britain’s Laura Muir was third in 1:58.42, also a season-best.

Danielle Williams racing for a place on Jamaica’s national team for the World Championships might be forcing her local organisation to rethink their decision to uphold her disqualification after she finished second to world record holder Kendra Harrison on the 100m hurdles.

Williams clocked a season-best 12.52s in losing to Harrison who ran 12.43, the second-fastest time in the world this year.

Christina Clemons of the USA finished third in 12.62.

Meanwhile, Janeek Brown who recently signed a professional contract with Puma following her world-leading 12.40 at the NCAA Division One Championships in early June, was fourth in 12.71.

Newly minted Jamaican champion, Rushell Clayton was fifth in the 400m hurdles in 54.82. Her compatriot Janieve Russell was fourth in 54.70.

The race was won by USA prodigy Sydney McLaughlin who stormed to victory in a world-leading 53.32 despite hitting the first hurdle.

Ashley Spencer, also of the USA, was second in 54.46 while two-time world champion Zuzana Hejnova was third in 54.55.

 

 

 

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