Miller-Uibo claims bronze medal in women's 200m final

By Drew Farmer for Bahamas Athletics. 

Shaunae Miller-Uibo rebounded from her fourth-place finish in the women's 400m final to claim the bronze medal in the women's 200m on Friday night. Miller-Uibo, who equaled the Netherland's Dafne Schippers in the semifinals with a 22.49 time, finished behind the Dutch runner in Friday night's finale.

Miller-Uibo's strong run was aided by her fantastic reaction time of 0.147. Down the final stretch, the Bahamian held off Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith to seal third place.

Schippers' season best of 22.05 capped off a phenomenal two days of 200m races for her. The win was the 25-year-old's second gold medal in IAAF World Championship competitions. The Dutch runner previously took gold in Beijing in 2015 and followed that up with a silver at last summer's Olympics.

Miller-Uibo's bronze was her first medal in the 200m event and her first overall at the London World Championships.

"I just thank God so much, to start off with. It was a really competitive race, that's how I like it, when the girls bring their A game," Miller-Uibo said following the women's 200m final.

"It was real competitive and a fun race. The girls are just amazing athletes, so I enjoyed the race from the beginning to the very end.

The Bahamian runner's 200m bronze made up for her late stumble in the women's 400m final that cost her a medal in Wednesday night's race.

"It feels fine, I brushed it off after the race [400m final]," Miller-Uibo said when asked about the 400m race.

"There's nothing I can do to get it back. We re-focus now to get ready for next year.

"I'm glad to be done and it isn't as bad as everyone makes it seem."

While Miller-Uibo finished in third, teammate Tynia Gaither finished in eighth with a time of 23.07. Gaither had qualified as one of the non-automatic competitors in the semifinals, but struggled to keep up with the pace set by gold medalist Schippers.

Miller-Uibo's bronze gave The Bahamas their second medal in this year's World Championships. Steven Gardiner claimed the country's other medal in the men's 400m final. The Bahamas still have a chance to record another medal in the women's 4x400m and the 4x100m relays.

"I'm happy I'm not leaving London empty handed," Miller-Uibo reflected on her performances. "The main thing was to go and have some fun in the 200, since the 400 was my main event and I was really focused on it.

"Things didn't go as planned and the 200 was just one of those funny things."

The Bahamas' women's team can still win another medal in the 4x400m and the 4x100m relay but the teams must qualify on Saturday morning first. 

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