Bahamian sensation Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins back-to-back Olympic 400m gold

Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Team Bahamas competes in the Women's 400 metres fina on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Team Bahamas competes in the Women's 400 metres fina on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Miller-Uibo was in imperious form, winning gold in a new personal-best time, while Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic claimed silver and U.S. legend Allyson Felix earned her 10th Olympic medal in third.

There was no need for Shaunae Miller-Uibo to dive at the line winning her second consecutive 400m Olympic gold medal by a comfortable margin at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Five years ago, Miller-Uibo made headlines when she dove at the line to edge U.S. legend Allyson Felix by 0.07 to claim her maiden title.

Again lining up against Felix, Miller-Uibo removed any doubt about the winner coming out of the bend with a commanding lead which she held to win in a new personal best of 48.36 seconds. Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic claimed the silver medal with a time of 49.20.

Racing on Miller-Uibo’s outside, the 35-year-old Felix produced a run that belied her years as she finished in third-place to win a record 10th medal becoming the most decorated female Olympian in track and field.

The night belonged to the Bahamas and Miller-Uibo who showed her class to win the medal in such dominant fashion despite niggling injuries in the build-up to the race. 

As Miller-Uibo was getting ready for her final in the call room compatriot Steven Gardiner received his gold medal after winning the men’s 400m the night before. 

“I am so happy right now I could cry. I've been dealing with a whole lot of injuries and to be able to pull this one off is amazing,” Miller-Uibo said. "To be able to pull off matching gold medals, and to get an AR (area record) as well, I am so thankful."