Reigning Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah kept up a recent run of good form, with another brilliant performance, this time at the Doha Diamond League meet on Friday.

Thompson-Herah blitzed a field that included World Championship silver-medalist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, to stop the clock at 10.87 seconds.  Although slightly slower than the 10.85 recorded in Rome last week, it maintained an impressive run of form for the sprinter.  The time was the fifth sub-11 mark for the athlete this season.

The Jamaican, whose 10.85 seconds is the fastest time in the world this season, also owns four of the top six times in the world with compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce having the second and third best times.

The athlete, who has been plagued by Achilles issues in recent years, had a fair start before seizing control of the field before the midway point of the race and later pulling clear down the stretch.  Talou was a distant second behind Thompson, stopping the clock at 11.21, with American Kayla White finishing third in 11.25.

In the men’s 200m, Julian Forte ran a season's best 20.39 seconds to place second in the men's 200m.  The race was won by the Ivory Coast’s Arthur Cisse who ran a new national record 20.33 seconds, France's Christophe Lemaitre was third in 20.68 seconds.

 

 

  

Had it not been for the pandemic, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would have been done and dusted 10 days ago and sports fans across the world would still be gathering around water coolers and office enclosures buzzing about the spectacular show put on by the world’s greatest athletes.

Elaine Thompson-Herah looks a woman who is back to her fabulous best.

After not competing for nine months, 2016 Olympic double gold medallist, said she felt rusty after finishing second at the Velocity Fest track meet held at Jamaica College in Kingston on Saturday.

Thompson, 28, led down the home stretch in the 200m before World Championship 400-metre bronze medallist Shericka Jackson overhauled her late to cross the finish line in 22.89.

Thompson clocked 22.98 for second while Sprintec’s Shashalee Forbes was third in 23.45.

Though she may have been disappointed at losing, Thompson seemed quite content if her Instagram is anything to go by.

“Back on the track after 9 months is a good feeling,” the 2015 World Championship silver medallist said.

“I am a little rusty but a girl is to take on any obstacles in her way.”

The 200m race was also her first race since she married track coach Deron Herah on November 2, 2019.  “Am racing as a wife for the first time am so happy,” she said.

“Lord you are worthy. I hope for nothing but health and healing.”

Illness and injury have blighted the career of the 2019 Pan Am Games 100 champion. Along with MVP teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser, Thompson was among the favourites to win a medal in the 100m finals in Doha. This was especially true after she stormed to victory at the Jamaican National Championships in June.

Her winning time of 10.73 was the fastest in the world and was only surpassed by Fraser-Pryce on her way to an unprecedented fourth world title in Doha. Thompson, meanwhile, aggravated a long-running Achilles-related injury and finished fourth in 10.93.

She will be hoping that she will find better fortune at the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for July 2021.

Decorated 100m champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, clocked a world-leading 11 seconds at the Velocity Fest meet in Kingston, on Saturday, as athletes slowly start returning to the track.

Running into a -2.2m/s headwind, Fraser-Pryce, the former MVP athlete, stopped the clock at 11.00 flat, well clear of Sprintec’s Shashalee Forbes who was second in 11.49.   Bahamas’ Anthonique Strachan was third in 11.84.  In the men’s equivalent, MVP’s Nesta Carter clocked 10.38 to only just edge out Tumbleweed’s Tyquendo Tracey and G.C Foster’s Romario Williams, who both clocked 10.39 for second and third respectively.

Over double the distance, MVP’s Shericka Jackson ran 22.89 to finish heat three ahead of teammate Elaine Thompson, who clocked 22.98, with Forbes third in 23.45.  The men’s 200m went to Julian Forte, who clocked 20.71 running into a negative headwind.  He finished ahead of Rasheed Dwyer, 21.06, and Romario Williams, 21.07.

In the women’s hurdles, Janieve Russell (57.29) dominated affairs, claiming the event comfortably ahead of Rhona Whyte (57.97).  In the 100m hurdles, Megan Tapper won the event in 13.25, ahead of Amoi Brown, who was second in 13.46s.

World long jump champion Tajay Gayle topped his pet event with a wind-assisted 8.52m (4.5m/s).  Doha 2019 triple jump silver medallist, Shanieka Ricketts, claimed that event with 14.11m.

 

 

A number of World Champions from the 2019 World Championships in Doha are reportedly being lined up for the Jamaica International Invitational set for May 2, 2020.

A world-class cast of athletes including double-Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah, world-champion Anderson Peters and fast-rising teen star Briana Williams, have been confirmed for the 2020 edition of the Grenada Invitational that was launched on Wednesday at the Radisson Beach Resort, St. George’s.

Injured Jamaican sprinter, double Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson will not know what her recovery will look like for another two weeks.

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce looks in ominous shape ahead of the women’s 100-metre semi-finals trotting to a 10.80-second clocking in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

Running in heat one, Frazer-Pryce led from start to finish to stay ahead of Murielle Ahouré of the Ivory Coast, who finished in a smart 11.05.

Germany’s Gina Lückenkemper (11.29) locked up the third automatic qualifying spot while Poland’s Ewa Swobada, also 11.29, finished fourth for one of the non-automatic qualifying spot.

There were two other qualifications to the semi-finals for the Jamaicans as Elaine Thompson was fairly comfortable in winning her heat in 11.14 seconds ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste (11.21) and the United States’ Morolake Akinosun.

Another Jamaican, Jonielle Smith, is also through to the semi-finals, running 11.20 for third in her heat behind Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, 10.96, and the United States’ English Gardner, 11.20.

The Bahamas Tynia Gaither is also through to the final after her 11.24 seconds fourth place in that heat gave her a non-automatic qualification spot.

The Netherlands Dafne Schippers, who has always been there or thereabout, won the final heat in 11.17 seconds, with the United States’ Teahna Daniels (11.20), Gambia’s Gina Bass (11.25) and Great Britain’s Imani Lansiquot (11.31) joining her.

Defending champion, Tori Bowie (11.30), has struggled this season but she too is through to the semi-finals after finishing third in a heat won by Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji (11.17). Xiaojing Liang of China (11.18) was second in that heat, leading until the last 10 metres.

Marie-Josée TA LOU also showed she was in good form, running a personal best to win her heat in a very handsome 10.85. She finished ahead of Daryll Neita of Great Britain ((11.12), Germany’s Tatjana Pinto (11.19), China’s Yongli Wei (11.28), and Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel (11.30), who will all line up in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

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