Elaine Thompson fast again after putting Achilles 'stress' behind her

By June 25, 2019

After two years of frustration, Elaine Thompson, the 2016 double Olympic champion, returned to the top of the world rankings this past weekend while winning the sprint double at Jamaica’s national championships in Kingston.

Last Friday night, June 20, the 26-year-old speeder clocked 10.73s to win a thrilling 100m final over MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was credited with the same time, and Briana Williams, the fastest 17-year-old in the world, who set new U18 world’s best of 10.94s.

She cried as she spoke to reporters about the long journey back from the injury that still bothers her but which she has managed to overcome by learning to compete well in spite of it.

Her winning time surpassed the 10.75 established by Sha’Carri Richardson of the USA at the NCAA Division 1 Championships 10 days earlier and was the fastest time she ran since her 10.71 performance at the same venue in 2017.

She returned on Sunday night to blaze 22.00 seconds holding off Fraser-Pryce 22.22, claiming the top spot from the USA’s Anglerne Annelus 22.17 set on June 8 at the NCAA championships.

There were no tears this time as she spoke with Sportsmax.TV, just a greater sense of determination and belief.

“This year I told myself that I am not going to stress out over this Achilles (injury),” she said.

“Last year I was super stressed, so this year I have told myself, wherever it takes me I am just going to follow. It is a part of the sport. I just have to be more careful, get more treatment and strength work and just do what I have to do.”

She revealed that she is at her wits end when it comes to finding a permanent solution to the discomfort caused by the injury so she has decided to push through the pain and that seems to be paying dividends.

“I don’t know what to do with this Achilles injury,” she lamented, “because everybody I go to they don’t know what to do, what’s the solution; but I found myself getting back into shape back to how I was.”

Now that the victories have put her back at the top of the pile Thompson said she intends to work even harder as she prepares for another gold medal campaign in Doha this September.

Winning the double, she said, “puts me in a position to see where I am at. I don’t want to get too comfortable because other people are out there competing,” she said. “It helps me trust myself, trust in the coach and just confidently move towards the world championships.”

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