Shaunae Miller-Uibo makes it two-from-two as 150 meters world record falls at adidas Boost Boston Games
May 20, 2018 (Boston, Mass.) – In last year’s edition of the adidas Boost Boston Games, Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo brought down the house in a 21.76 world record for the straight 200 meters. This time round, the Bahamian stepped down in distance, but the end result was the same: a 150 meters world record 16.23 – 0.07 seconds faster than the time Tori Bowie set at the adidas Boost Boston Games last year.
Meanwhile, 100 meters world champion Bowie dominated her prime event with a commanding victory in 11.05, while Jamaica’s Anastasia Le-Roy took the women’s 200 meters straight win in 22.16.
On the men’s side, Noah Lyles set a 14.77 meeting record in the 150 meters. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was out of the blocks fast, but with about 20 meters to go, Lyles reeled in the Brit to take the victory by 0.04 seconds.
Over 200 meters, Steven Gardiner continued his undefeated 2018 outdoor campaign. The Bahamian record-holder stayed patient following a flying start from Panama’s Alonso Edward to clock 19.88 – just 0.04 seconds shy off the world record South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk set at the adidas Boost Boston Games in 2017.
Zharnel Hughes also came from behind to win the 100 meters in 9.99 seconds, just out-dipping Commonwealth champion Akani Simbine on the line. The race was the only one of the day with slightly too much of a tailwind with +2.4, all other races were wind-legal.
In the hurdles, Olympic 110 meters hurdles silver medallist Orlando Ortega improved his own meeting record to 13.29 seconds, while in the women’s 100 meters hurdles race Sharika Nelvis – whose rap antics with Noah Lyles provided plenty of entertainment this weekend – reigned supreme in 12.76.
In the rarely-contested 200 meters hurdles, Ebony Morrison clocked an American Record 25.80 seconds, with Eric Futch taking the honours in the men’s race in 22.55.
The sprinters, of course, enjoyed much more favourable conditions than last night’s distance runners, who battled the temperamental Boston temperatures at MIT’s Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium. Yet, their results were equally impressive, with Drew Hunter earning his stripes with a strong kick finish to take the men’s mile win. The 20-year-old clocked a personal best 3:56.72 to defeat year’s winner Chris O’Hare, who finished in close second, and a host of other accomplished runners including two-time Olympic medallist Nick Willis.
American 800 meters record-holder Ajee’ Wilson impressed in her specialty event, clocking a 1:59.27, while her training partner Charlene Lipsey recorded a huge 1500 meters personal best 4:04.98 having to just settle for second behind Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum, who took the win in 4:04.65.
Canada’s Brandon McBride defended his adidas Boost Boston Games 800 meters crown, bettering his own meeting record from last year to 1:45.18.
In the women’s 5000 meters, Kenya’s 3000 meters world-leader Caroline Kipkirui celebrated another victory with an evenly paced 15:55.24, while fellow countryman Cyrus Rutto closed the night with a bang and a world-leading 7:45.64 win over 3000 meters.
Of course taking center stage among the pros were the adidas Boys’ and Girls’ Dream events – the mile and the 100 meters.
On Saturday night, Florida’s Michael Phillips and Stanford-commit Caitlin Collier took the prestigious adidas Boys’ and Girls’ Dream belt in the mile, clocking 4:08.03 and 4:38.48 respectively. The following day on Charles Street, KeSean Carter from Texas and Jamaican teen sprint phenom Briana Williams earned victories in 10.31 and 11.35 respectively.
Following qualification rounds on Saturday night, the titles for the BAA Fastest Boy and Girl in Boston went to Jada Solomon and Gabriel Cline of Metropolis TC.