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Olympic champs set up Games classic

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10 Apr 2018 by AAP Newswire

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and world bronze medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo are shaping up for what could be the highlight of the Commonwealth Games, cruising into the semifinals of the 200m at Carrara Stadium.

Miller-Uibo says she's here to have fun in the 200m while using it to improve her opening speed in the 400m which she won spectacularly at the Rio Olympics when she dived across the finish line to beat American Alyson Felix.

But the Bahamian looked serious in Tuesday's heats, comfortably winning in 22.95 seconds, just ahead of Thompson, who clocked 23.09 in hers.

"It all went to plan, I think I did a pretty good job today, I have only been here five or six days and I have only just started to acclimatise," Miller-Uibo said after her heat.

She won bronze at the world championships in London last year and is bypassing the 400m on the Gold Coast.

"My coach believes the first 200m is my weakness (in the 400m), so I have been sent out to run the 200m. I am having a bit of fun with it," she said.

Thompson, Jamaica's Olympic 100m and 200m champion, is opting only for the longer sprint and relay at Carrara, to promise a facinating showdown with Miller-Uibo.

 

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South Africa's new breed of male sprinters also eased into the 200m semis as Clarence Munyai and Anaso Jobodwana are out to emulate their 100m countrymen with another South African sprint double.

Munyai, who set a national record of 19.69 seconds last month - the fastest 200m in the world since 2015, strolled to victory in his heat in 20.95.

Jobodwana was even more impressive in 20.89.

After Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjie took the gold and silver double in the 100m on Monday night, leaving Jamaican gun Yohan Blake in third, Munyai and Anaso Jobodwana are every chance of repeating the feat.

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