News05 May 2022

Olympic champions Miller-Uibo and Gardiner head 400m fields in Paris


Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins the 2019 Diamond League final in Zurich (© Jiro Mochizuki)

Bahamian Olympic 400m champions Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Steven Gardiner are to compete at the Meeting de Paris for the first time when the 2022 Wanda Diamond League makes its seventh stop on 18 June.

The last time Miller-Uibo ran in France was in 2011, when she won 400m gold at the World U18 Championships in Lille. Since then, the 28-year-old has become a two-time Olympic champion and a five-time senior world medallist, while she also now has four Diamond League titles to her name.

Miller-Uibo claimed her first world title in March, winning gold at the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22. She will now have her sights on a first outdoor world title at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, taking place one month after the Paris meeting.

In France she will again go up against Dominican Republic’s Marileidy Paulino, who secured Olympic silver behind Miller-Uibo in Tokyo, and Olympic semifinalist Amandine Brossier of France.

Gardiner got his gold in Tokyo after a 43.85 run to beat Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano and Kirani James of Grenada.

Now racing as the Olympic champion, he started his season with a 44.22 run at Baton Rouge - a world-leading time.

Their fellow Olympic champion Mondo Duplantis will be among those in action at the Bislett Games in Oslo, where the 2022 Diamond League will make its sixth stop two days before the Paris meeting.

Mondo Duplantis in action in the pole vault at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Oslo

Mondo Duplantis in action in the pole vault at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Oslo (© Matt Quine)

The world record-holder, who improved his global mark to 6.20m at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, will be aiming for his third successive victory at the Oslo Diamond League. There he will go up against four other six-metre-plus vaulters: France’s former world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie, Brazil’s 2016 Olympic champion Thiago Braz, and USA’s two-time world champion Sam Kendricks and KC Lightfoot.

Duplantis’s meeting record of 6.01m set last year will be under threat and the world record-holder will start his 2022 Diamond League campaign at the season opener in Doha on 13 May.

They will also be joined by Norway’s Pal Haugen Lillefosse, Sondre Guttormsen and Simen Guttormsen in Paris.

Organisers for World Athletics