World champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo considers heptathlon future as she calls time on illustrious 400m career 

The rapid Bahamian revealed she's finished with the 400m after winning everything there is to at the distance - including gold at the Track & Field Worlds in Oregon. She talked to Olympics.com about her next moves as an athlete, with heptathlon high on her list of priorities 

By Sean McAlister

Shaunae Miller-Uibo has ticked every box in the 400m. Two-time Olympic champion, World Youth Champion, World Junior Champion and now - finally - World Outdoor Champion after her win in the 400m final of the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

She has now won every colour medal at the Worlds.

In an exclusive interview with Olympics.com at the Adidas house in Eugene - where she literally checked off her major achievements on a wall - the multi-talented Bahamian pulled no punches when talking about ending her 400m career.

“This is it," she said. "I’m over the moon about all that I’ve accomplished in this event and I’m so proud of myself. It’s been a long journey and we finally ticked off everything."

So what's next for a woman who has won it all on the international stage? In the case of Miller-Uibo, a return to her "first love" the 200m is on the cards.

“I’ve put down 21.7 [seconds - the 21st fastest time in history] without the speed training and so I’d definitely like to tap into it and see what we can do,” she said.

But more intriguingly, there's also the real prospect of a first outing in a combined event: the heptathlon.

While it may come as a surprise that such a talented track athlete would contemplate taking up a contest that involves four field events, Miller-Uibo highlights the fun factor of the heptathlon, as well as the inspiration she has taken from her husband Maicel Uibo, who is competing for Estonia in the decathlon at the 2022 World Championships.

“I did a lot of multis growing up as a kid and so I definitely want to get back into it," she said. "My husband obviously plays a huge role in that as well.

“But I just want to have fun for the last few years of my career and just dabble into different things and show the world exactly what type of talent God gave me.

"And just have fun with it and see where we go.”

Shaunae Miller-Uibo 

Miller-Uibo: "You know, it's a lot of surprises"

By her own admission, it will take a little practice for the 28-year-old to get up to speed in some of the sports involved in the heptathlon, with one in particular a possible sticking point in her transition.

“I think the only one that would be a bit of a struggle would be the javelin...

“You know, I’ve just never been good at throwing things! Even when we were really young, and we had the softball throw-in, I would literally throw it right here to where you’re sitting [points to three metres away].

“I haven’t picked up a jav in a long time, so I’m curious to see what we can do.”

However, there are other sports you may be surprised to know that the double Olympic gold medallist, who has spent all her adult life honing her skills as a track athlete, is a lot more adept at than you might imagine.

“I’m actually decent at a lot of things, maybe the long jump I’ve actually been pretty good at. I used to be pretty good at the high jump… shot put I actually threw 13 metres in high school, so who knows!

“You know, it’s a lot of surprises."

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