DOHA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser destroyed the field and stunned Olympic champion Shanuae Miller-Uibo as she became the first Asian to win the women’s 400 metre world title on Thursday.
The Nigerian-born Eid Naser, 21, surged past Miller-Uibo on the back straight to win in 48.14 seconds, the third fastest time in history, while Miller-Uibo took silver in 48.37.
Eid Naser seemed to be in a state of shock as she sat on the track and covered her mouth with her hand at the end of the race.
Bahamian Miller-Uibo managed to close the gap down the back straight but left it too late to catch her rival. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson took bronze.
(Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)