Thompson-Herah happy for win in Birmingham but remains focused on winning gold at Worlds this summer

By February 21, 2022

Elaine Thompson-Herah said she would have loved to have gone under seven seconds in her 60m win in Birmingham on Saturday but she was to open her indoor season on a winning note.

The Tokyo Olympic triple gold medallist clocked a season-best 7.08 after surging past Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambindji (7.11) and Great Britain’s Daryll Neita (7.13) to claim victory and become the fastest Jamaican woman in the event this year.

Briana Williams by virtue of her 7.09 run at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York on February 6.

Still, the fastest woman alive was not completely satisfied.

“It’s been a good one. I am healthy. I got a season-best, 7.08. I would have loved to have gone below seven seconds but I am not rushing it. I wish it had two rounds to get me warmed up but I am happy for the win,” she said afterwards.

She reiterated that her primary focus this season is the World Athletic Championships in Oregon in July where she plans to improve on her previous showings at the championships where she has never won a gold medal.

She plans to rectify that this year.

“I only have a silver medal from 2015 so I am just working towards having a world championship title in either the 100m or 200m.”

She also praised the fans in the stadium for the atmosphere they generated, especially coming off a season when fans were not allowed into the stands at the Olympic Games in Tokyo where she created history last summer.

“The crowd was awesome. They came out and they supported us. We wanted that last year; because of Covid, we had no spectators. I was just happy for the crowd to come out to see us dominating on the field.”

Thompson-Herah races next in Poland on Tuesday.

 

 

 

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