Thompson pulls out of World Championships

By Sports Desk October 01, 2019
Jamaica sprinter Elaine Thompson. Jamaica sprinter Elaine Thompson.

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson has withdrawn from the ongoing IAAF World Championships after suffering a flare-up of a longstanding Achilles tendon issue.

The 27-year-old sprinter looked well short of her best after finishing fourth in the 100m with a time of 10.93.  The event was won by compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with a time of 10.71.

 Thompson went on to qualify for the 200m semi-finals but mentioned that a flare-up of the Achilles issue had made life uncomfortable over the shorter distance.

The athlete had been drawn to run in Heat 2 of Tuesday’s semi-finals but did not face the starter.  Sashalee Forbes will be the country’s lone representative in the event.  Thompson’s withdrawal from the meet will also impact the Jamaica team for the 4x100m relays.

Heading into the Doha Championships Thompson’s time of 10.73 was the fastest in the world and her time of 22.00 in the 200m was second in the world behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s 21.74.

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