June 20, 2019
The hot start to the 2019 season continued today for Shaunae Miller-Uibo as the 2016 Olympic 400-meter gold medallist from the Bahamas set a world’s best mark for 300 meters of 34.41 at the 58th Ostrava Golden Spike athletics/track and field meet in the Czech Republic. Miller-Uibo destroyed the previous world best in the event of 35.30, set by Mexico’s Ana Guevera in 2003, by nearly a full second. It’s also more than a second faster than Miller-Uibo’s best at 300 meters, which came indoors at the 2018 NYRR Millrose Games when she tied the indoor world best by running 35.45.
Watch the race for yourself below.
Miller-Uibo, who opened her 2019 season by clocking 49.05 at the Tom Jones Memorial in Florida on April 27 — the fastest time ever run before the month of June — told us last week she was in the best shape of her life.
In other sprint action in Ostrava, the big race on the men’s side was the 200 where 2015 NCAA 100 and 200 champ Andre De Grasse of Canada squared off against 2017 NCAA 100 and 200 champ Christian Coleman of the US. De Grasse’s comeback from injury picked up big steam as he got the narrow win in 19.91 (-.6 m/s wind) to Coleman’s 19.97. Coleman was running on the inside of De Grasse and quickly made up the stagger but De Grasse came back on him in the final 100. It was De Grasse’s first wind-legal sub-20 200-meter race since the 2016 Olympics and it was Coleman’s first 200 race of any kind since the 2017 US Champs.
Watch the race below.
De Grasse’s 200 win came just a over an hour after he was beaten in the men’s 100 by American Mike Rodgers, 10.04 to 10.05 (-1.1 m/s wind).
Full results for the meet, which included a win by Amel Tuka in the men’s 800 (1:44.95), a win by Charlie Grice in the men’s mile (3:56.95) and Gudaf Tsegay in the women’s 1500 (4:02.95), can be found here.
*The IAAF doesn’t recognize the 300 as a world record distance so the best mark at the distance is technically a world’s best instead of world record.