By Eric Cain
Shaunae Miller, sister of Carson-Newman track and field sprinter Shauntae Miller, received a silver medal in the 400 meter race at the 15th annual IAAF World Championships in Beijing with a 49.67 second time.
The Bahamian sprinter finished right behind American Allyson Felix, who recorded a 49.26 second mark to take home the gold.
“We are really proud of her,” Shaunae said of her little sister. “She did an excellent job. She went out there and did what she needed to do and really made our family proud.”
Carson-Newman track and field coach David Needs compares the World Championships to being the Super Bowl of track races.
“The World Championships is the real deal,” Needs says. “They determine who the best are in the world and for Shauntae’s sister, Shaunae, to finish second in the world it is certainly a testament to where she is and where her level of training is right now.”
Miller broke onto the national stage in the 2011 World Youth Championships, where she competed in and won the 400m at the age of 17. Miller also competed in the 2012 London Olympics.
After the impressive showing last week, Miller now plans to begin training for her next worldwide event.
“She just shut her season down as of right now,” Shauntae said. “They are focusing on getting her ready for World Championships Indoor next year and then she will have the Olympics after that.”