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Double the fun ... Miller targets 200m and 400m in 2017

Published:Monday | December 12, 2016 | 12:30 AMHubert Lawrence

Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller has her eyes on doing both the 200m and the 400m at next year's World Championships in London.

Miller, the second Bahamian woman to win Olympic gold in the one-lap sprint, revealed her double intent in an interview appearing in SPIKES, an online magazine published by the IAAF.

Speaking in reference to deliberations she has had with her coach Lance Brauman, she said, "We're definitely looking to do it next year."

"It's something on the menu", the 6-foot tall Bahamian advanced. "So we're working hard towards it and hopefully it'll work out for the best."

She believes that training for both distances will help her.

"You have a lot of sprint quarter-milers and you have a lot of strength quarter-milers. But I think I have a decent amount of both," added Miller.

"The 200m is more of an event that helps me pick up my speed for the 400m, so I know the quicker I get in the 200m, the more it'll benefit me in the 400m," noted Miller, who showed increased speed levels in 2016.

Miller set a Bahamian record in the 200m in Kingston with a time of 22.05 seconds at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix. At the Olympics she ran a personal best time of 49.44 seconds to win the 400m final. That's not far off the national record held by Pauline Davis-Thompson at 49.28 seconds.

Miller will face a tough schedule if she does decide to pursue the double in London.

The heats and semi-finals of the 400m are set for days three and four of the World Championships. The final is set for 9:50pm on day six but with the 200m heats a little less than three hours earlier. That allows her 400m rivals to rest while she is competing.

Her rivals at 200m should include The Netherland's Daphne Schippers and Jamaica's 100m and 200m Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, who placed one-two at the last Worlds. The reigning 400m World Champion is the American Allyson Felix, who beat Miller to win that title but lost by inches to the Bahamian in the Olympics.

That success gave the Bahamas a second Olympic gold in the 400m as Tonique Williams-Darling had triumphed in the same event in 2004.