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Shaunae’s just Diamond

CHAMPION: Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Photo credit: Reuters)

BAHAMIAN SPRINTER Shaunae Miller-Uibo clocked a national record of 21.88 to win the 200m Diamond Trophy in Zurich last year and then followed it one week later with another Diamond Trophy, winning the 400m in Brussels in a world-leading 49.46.

Last month the world bronze medallist added to her growing medal collection by winning the 200m at the Commonwealth Games.

EXPECTS

Talking ahead of this week’s first Diamond League competition in Doha she answered some media question on what she expects from herself this year.

On there being more pressure now to win at the IAAF Diamond League finals:

It’s got a lot more interesting. At first it was all about the points system, but now it’s almost like a championship to end the season and give the viewers something else to watch and look out for. I think it’s a good idea and it makes it more exciting.

On winning a high-quality 200m final at the Commonwealth Games:

It was great competition. There were a lot of fast girls in the race so it was really exciting for me to go there and compete and start the season with the 200m. This year I think we’re going to focus a bit more on the 200m. Opening up with a 22.09 and a championship title is a great start for me. On top of that, it was a great experience and I’m excited for the rest of the season.

On dabbling in other events and one day trying a heptathlon:

I’d like to try the heptathlon at some point in my career. When I was a young girl, I used to do the pentathlon. I was pretty decent in a lot of them, so I’d like to try them again. My coach is open to the idea and we were doing a little work with it.

TOUGH

We might try something before the season ends. I know it’s a really tough event because my husband does the decathlon. I’d like to try something in this off year and have a little bit of fun with it. I don’t want to just sit around and do 200s and 400s my entire life.

On whether she’ll do any more 100m races in 2018:

We’ll see. It all depends on whether my coach wants me to do a little bit more speed work. Maybe, but there’s no 100 per cent guarantee.

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