Beijing silver boosts Miller's 2016 confidence

May 29, 2016
Shaunae Miller
AP Justin Gatlin (right) wins the men's 100 metres ahead of (from left) Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon. Gatlin won in a wind-aided 9.88 while Powell was second in 9.94 seconds.
@Normal:Kendra Harrison (right) clears the last hurdle ahead of Tiffany Porter (left) and the rest of the field on her way to a win in the women's 100-metre hurdles at the Prefontaine Classic athletics meet in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday. Her time set a new American record of 12.24 seconds, the second-fastest ever.

A gifted and highly successful athlete at the age-group level, hotshot Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller graduated to the senior ranks last season, winning silver at the World Championships in the 400m a result she said has increased her confidence and improved her approach.

The sprinter only failed to win two of her nine races last year with two second place finishes including her personal best run at Beijing, the only blemishes on what would have been a perfect season for her.

Miller continued where she left off with an unbeaten start to the 2016 season, which was extended on Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, with a 50.15 seconds win over Americans Francena McCorory, 50.23, and Natasha Hastings, 50.86.

Jamaican pair Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.07, and Shericka Jackson, 51.34, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The 22-year-old said she is approaching this season with more positivity and confidence in hopes for an upgrade on last year's medal at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The sprinter, who is set to compete in the 200m at the Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix on June 11 inside the National Stadium, is happy with her season so far and how well she has been reacting in training.

"Things have been going extremely well for us in training," Miller told STAR Sports.

"Since last year, we came out with a more positive mindset for this year and we are expecting the best for this season. Training has been going really well and we are also expecting a lot of good things this year."

Miller is looking forward to competing in Jamaica.

"I am expecting a good race, so I'm really excited for that event," said Miller

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