Shaunae Miller-Uibo retains her 400m crown, and Allyson Félix equaled Carl Lewis with her bronze


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Shaunae Miller-Uibo retains her 400m crown, and Allyson Félix equaled Carl Lewis with her bronze

The Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who in Rio 2016 had to literally throw herself over the line to win the final of 400, revalidated her crown in Tokyo with a time of 48.36, an area record, and a wide margin of 84 hundredths over Marileidi Paulino , which broke the Dominican record with 49.20.

American Allyson Felix achieved her tenth Olympic medal, a bronze with 49.46, equaling the record of her compatriot Carl Lewis and Jamaican Merlene Ottey.

Three days after being eighth and last in the 200 meters, Shaunae Miller-Uibo returned to the 400 meters, leading the world ranking of the year with 49.08, to defend her Rio title in a final where the eternal Allyson Félix was also at the one that snatched the gold in Rio with its plunge over the finish line.

Miller-Uibo, world runner-up at Doha 2019, this time landed on the straight with such a clear lead that it completely banished any uncertainty about the outcome of the race.

Paulino, a physical education student at the University of Santo Domingo, a former handball player and a Games debutant at the age of 24, shared the glory with the Bahamian, achieving his stated purpose of winning a medal at Tokyo 2020.

Felix competed at 35, after a difficult birth in 2018, in his fifth Olympic Games thanks to his second place in the Eugene Olympic selection tests, where he came behind Quanera Hayes, seventh in this final.

With ten Olympic medals (6 gold, 3 silver and this one bronze), Allyson equals the record of Merlene Ottey and Carl Lewis, who alone held the record in United States athletics.


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