Miller excited by Felix battle
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Bahamian 400 metres gold-medal prospect Shaunae Miller says she is looking forward to her expected clash with American Allyson Felix at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and is also expecting strong competition from Jamaica’s trio in the event.
Miller has been the dominant quarter-miler on the circuit this season, wining all five of her races over the distance and recording a personal-best time of 49.55 while also lowering her best ever time in the 200m to 22.05 at the Racers Grand Prix in June.
Felix, on the other hand, defeated the young Bahamian at last year’s World Championships. She has been battling injury for much of the season, but comes in with a 49.68 clocking and will certainly be in even better condition by the time she has to face the starter.
Miller says she is looking forward to the contest even if she doesn’t think it will come down to just herself and Felix.
“I am really thrilled and excited for the Games. I know it’s going to be very competitive, so I am very excited,” said Miller. “I am excited for it, but I don’t see it as just being me against her, but eight girls are going to show up for the final and each will bring her ‘A’ game and each wants the same thing, so I know that once we get to the final, it’s who wants it the most.
“For instance, we’ll have three Jamaicans, three Americans and the British, and so on. Everyone wants the same stuff,” Miller added, while describing each Jamaican threat.
“Each brings a different thing. Shericka (Jackson), who I have been competing with for many years, brings a lot of speed. Stephenie-Ann (McPherson) brings this amazing talent, and Christine (Day), who just always shows up, so the three of them will be competitive,” said Miller.
The Bahamian pointed to last year’s silver-medal run at the World Championships as a defining moment in her career and one that has helped to fuel her drive this season.
“Last year put a spark in me, especially because I got the silver. It made me want it more. We changed up a lot this year. I am not going to sugar-coat it. Training has been rough this year, we knew we had to get through it, and once we did, we would be ready for the Games.”
“In order to win here, it’s going to take running the perfect race. I know it’s rare that you see that, but I know I have to execute and get through the rounds safely,” said Miller.
Miller is looking to become the first Caribbean woman to win Olympic gold in the 400m since her countrywoman Tonique Darling did so in Athens 2004.
“The 400m is what we are really focusing on right now and that is what we are going for. We are trying to go for the gold in that one. Training has been going really well and we are looking forward to it,” she said.