Shaunae Miller-Uibo is a Bahamian athlete sprinter who competes in the 200 and 400 metres. She was the 400 metres Olympic champion in 2016 and was the 200 m gold medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. At the World Athletics Championships she won 400 m silver in 2015 and 2019 and 200 m bronze in 2017.
Miller-Uibo was a 400 m gold medallist at the 2010 World Junior and 2011 World Youth Championships before taking her first senior medal (a bronze) at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She was the IAAF Diamond League champion in both 200 m and 400 m in 2017.
Her personal best of 21.74 is the Bahamian national record for the 200 m. She is the fastest Bahamian over 400 m with a time of 48.37 seconds (IAAF World Championships 2019), which secured her the sixth place at the all-time top list. She holds unofficial world records in the 200 metres straight and 300 metres indoor events. She has won several national titles in 200 m and 400 m, and also won the NCAA Division I Indoor title for the Georgia Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo is one of the fittest female athletes in the world – as voted on by Sports Illustrated’s Fittest 50 of 2020
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Shaunae Miller-Uibo, 400 meters Olympic champion and one of the fittest female athletes in the world, here she talks about her fitness routine, diet, exercise and the success story.
You are the 400 meters Olympic champion in 2016 and the 200 m gold medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Share how your journey in the world of athletics began?
I started track and field at the age of six. My family has been involved in track for as long as I can remember. To break it down to my immediate family, my dad was involved in track and my mom in softball, so falling in love with at least one sport was always in question. I remember my mom would always take me out to the softball field with her to practice and for her games.
I would always admire the way she ran around the bases so quickly and after every practice and game I would do the same to see how quick I could go. With my dad, he would always take my sister and I out for long runs with him on the beach and it would always be a race to the end. Of course at that time I couldn’t beat either of my parents nor my big sister running but I believe that’s where my spirit of competitiveness came from. No one in my family would “let you win” just because you’re younger.
If you wanted to win, you had to outright beat them. Of course it took me some time to get to that point but the journey of it was bittersweet. Eventually my parents decided to place my sister and I both in Track and Field. My dad was our coach and my mom would always come out to watch our training sessions. So just having my family there to support was always a big deal for me. Without the help of God and support from my family I would have never made it this far in my career.
You are the fastest Bahamian over 400 m with a time of 48.37 seconds (IAAF World Championships 2019), which secured you the sixth place at the all-time top list. Five factors that you think led to your victory in this career?
Give important factors that led me to this point in my career would be:
a. My Faith in God. I am a spiritual person, so I do truly believe that without God in my life I wouldn’t be where I am today. Keeping faith has always played a big role in my life with knowing there’s a purpose over my life and to know that God never makes mistakes.
b. Family. From the beginning of it all my family supported me in my journey to being one of the best in the sport. Their continuous support and push mean a great deal in my life.
c. Love and Passion for the sport. I completely fell in love with Track and knew this was what I wanted to do with my life since the age of 10.
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