On Friday in Tokyo, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who had previously won the women’s 400 metres in the 2016 Rio Olympics, cinched the victory with a blistering last turn to set a new personal best (48.36) and retain her title.
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She joins Marie-Jose Perec, who won the 400-meter event in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, as the only women to repeat as champions in consecutive Olympic years.
The silver and bronze medals went to the Dominican Republic’s Marileidy Paulino and the United States’ Allyson Felix, respectively, with times of 49.20 and 49.46.
Miller-Uibo had indicated the 200-meter dash was her primary focus going into Tokyo, but she ended up entering both the 200 and 400, giving herself a brutal six-race schedule in five days. On August 3rd, Miller-Uibo competed in the 200-meter final and placed ninth.
“I am so delighted right now I could cry,” Miller-Uibo exclaimed. To be able to do this after struggling with so many ailments is incredible.
Although Paulino’s second-place finish in the 200-meter heat at the 2019 IAAF World Championships was a personal best, she did not advance to the event’s final. On July 31, as a member of the mixed 4×400-meter relay team, she also placed second and won silver.
Felix’s final Olympic competition was the 400-meter final. The six-time Olympian said earlier this year that she would retire from international competition after the Tokyo Games, her fifth appearance at the Olympics.
With his final race, Felix has set a new standard for athletic achievement. The great sprinter was tied with Merlene Ottey for the most medals ever won by a woman at an Olympic track and field competition with nine medals going into Tokyo.
When Felix won the bronze on Friday, he tied Carl Lewis for the most medals ever won by an American in track and field with 10. On Saturday, Felix will compete in the 4×400-meter relay for Team USA, where he has a chance to win yet another medal.
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