Who is Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s husband? 400m gold winner and decathlete spouse are 'very competitive'
Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo has taken gold home after winning women’s 400 meters sprint at Tokyo Olympics on Friday, August 6. The 27-year-old finished the race in 48.36 seconds while silver was taken by Dominican Republic's M. Paulino who finished in 49.20 seconds. US’ Allyson Felix managed to take home bronze after completing the race in 49.46 seconds.
Shaunae made headlines in 2016 after she tossed herself over the line to win 400m gold at the Rio Olympics. Though many thought that she did that intentionally, the Bahamian sprinter called it a fall due to exhaustion. She told ABC News, “It really wasn’t [intentional]. When I got to about 40 more metres to go my legs were so heavy from going around so fast and I started to lose feelings in them. And when I was heading towards the line, I was like ‘oh my gosh, I’ve gotta go.’ And afterwards I just felt nothing at all in my legs and I started falling.”
Who is Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s husband?
Shaunae is married to Estonian athlete Maicel Uibo, which makes them an athletic power couple. The strong pair has also made history together by winning silver medals at the World Athletics Championships in 2019. Shaunae and Maicel won their medals for their performances in the 400m and decathlon, respectively.
At the time, Maicel had said because of his race preparations, he could not watch his wife’s race. However, he admitted to keeping a close eye on the results. “I was only able to refresh the results page as I was getting ready for my 1,500 meters. I’ve got to watch the real race in the replay later on,” the 28-year-old told Reuters.
After her event, Shaunae said, “He was hoping for the gold. I knew he wasn’t quite that well in shape for his 1,500 meters, but he gave it his all. I’m so proud of him.” Her husband added: “As athletes we’re very competitive. We train together, we practice at the same time sometimes. It’s always a little bit competitive on the track and off the track.”
According to Olympics.com, the pair exchanged vows in 2017 after meeting each other at the University of Georgia while waiting in line for some medical tests. Recalling their first meet, Maicel said, “I think my first words to her were, ‘Oh, so you're the girl who has the [better] PB than me… meaning the four hundred meters…’” To which, Shaunae added: “I was a little confused… [Initially I thought], ‘how did you get on the team?’”
About their celebration plan after their respective events were over in Doha, Shaunae told the Olympic Channel Podcast that they went to her native Barbados. “They were all celebrating him as well. And then we went over to Estonia and they also welcomed me as well.” They want to repeat the same thing after the Tokyo Games. Shaunae also revealed her future plans after the 2020 Olympics. She is planning to try the heptathlon.
“I'm willing to give it a try and give it one good year and see how it turns out. I'm not saying I'm going to change into a gifted athlete. It's a lot of work as well,” she said, before adding: “I'm inspired by him to try this new avenue and see how it turns out.” Meanwhile, people on Twitter were celebrating Shaunae after she bagged gold. A user tweeted, “Bahamian Shaunae Miller Uibo retains her Women’s Olympic 400m title. Taking gold in the final in a time of 48.36 (New National Record ) She becomes only the 2nd woman in history to win two gold medals in the event.” The second one wrote, “SHAUNAE IS THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!! Back-to-back & the Bahamas take both 400m Golds!!!!!!!” “What a commanding run by Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas to win the Olympic women's 400m gold and Allyson Felix gets a bronze!!!” the third user praised.
OLYMPIC UPDATE :flag-bs:— Amajahl Knowles (@3AM__MO) August 6, 2021
Gold For Miller- Uibo :sports_medal:
Bahamian Shaunae Miller Uibo retains her Women’s Olympic 400m title. Taking gold in the final in a time of 48.36 (New National Record )
She becomes only the 2nd woman in history to win two gold medals in the event.
SHAUNAE IS THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!! Back-to-back & the Bahamas take both 400m Golds!!!!!!!— Lillian (@LillzTIL) August 6, 2021
:first_place_medal: Shaunae Miller-Uibo :flag-bs:
:second_place_medal: Marileidy Paulino :flag-do:
:third_place_medal: Allyson Felix :us:#Olympics pic.twitter.com/1PNAyXWvTi