Today History was made in Bahamian Track and Field in Moncton, Canada when quarter miler Shaunae Miller demolished the field to win the 400m at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
Miller has been on a winning streak this year, winning both the Carifta and CAC Jr. Championships earlier this year. The sixteen year old St. Augustine’s student has competed in the Under-17 Division in those events and is eligible for the next World Junior Championships.
Her winning performance was 52.52sec, seven hundredths of a second off her Bahamian National Junior Record performance of 52.45sec done in the first round.
Margaret Etim of Nigeria finished in second place with a 53.05sec clocking.
The Bronze was won by Bianca Razor of Romania who clocked 53.17sec.
In fourth place was The USA’s Stacy-Ann Smith who finished in 53.42sec.
Jamaica’s Judy-Ann Muir also clocked 53.52sec but finished fifth.
Nigeria’s Bukola Abogunloko ran 53.74sec for sixth.
Regina George of The USA was seventh with also a 53.74sec clocking.
Chantel Malone of The British Virgin Islands finished eighth in 53.91sec.
Miller ran out of lane seven.
Next month Miller, whose personal coach is Diane Woodside, will travel to Singapore for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.
Miller’s parents are Shaun Miller and Maebeline Miller. Shaun is the nephew of Leslie Miller, former Cabinet Minister and the first Bahamian to run under forty seven seconds in the 400m.
This is the fifth medal and second Gold won by The Bahamas in the IAAF World Junior Championships.
The first was a Bronze won by Eugene Greene in the Triple Jump in Sudbury, Canada in 1988.
Fourteen years later Shamar Sands won a Bronze in the 110m Hurdles in Kingston.
In Bydgoszcz. Poland in 2008 Sheniqua Ferguson won a Gold medal in the 200m and Bronze medal in the 100m.
In the other events today in Moncton Anthonique Strachan ran a personal best of 23.66sec to win the first round of the 200m.
Tynia Gaither finished fourth in her first round heat in 24.08sec.
Trevorano Mackey place fourth in his first round heat of the 200m in 21.42sec. Laron Hield placed eighth in his heat in 22.15sec.
In the semi-finals this afternoon Strachan ran 23.99sec for fourth in his semi-final heat, just missing advancing to the final.
Mackey finished seventh in his semi-final heat in 21.71sec.
Tomorrow the 4x100m relay qualifying rounds will be run.
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Chris Brown tied his seasonal best of 45.05sec for a third place finish in Monaco today. Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales ran 44.40sec for the victory.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie placed seventh in the 100m in 11.22sec. Carmelita Jeter of the USA won in 10.82sec.
Donald Thomas had to settle for ninth place in the High Jump with a 2.22m clearance. Russia’s Ivan Ukhov won with a 2.34m jump.
22nd July 2010
Public Relations Officer
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations