Elaine Thompson for Racers Grand Prix

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson of the MVP club joins the galaxy of stars set to compete at the second staging of the JN Bank Racers Grand Prix on Saturday June 10.


Dennis Gordon, vice- president of Racers Track Club, has confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that Thompson was booked, but was uncertain as to whether or not she will be running the 100m or the 200m at the event.


Thompson had a breakout year in 2015, culminating with a silver medal in the 200m at the Beijing World Championships in a personal best of 21.66 seconds. She is the joint national record holder of the 100m with 10.70 alongside Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, became the first woman in 28 years to win the 100m and 200m at a single Olympic at Rio Games in 2016. Thompson completed the rare sprint double when she easily won gold in the 100m in 10.71, then followed up with 21.78 seconds for the 200m. Thompson is the fifth -fastest woman of all time over the 200m and the fourth fastest over the 100m.


The second staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix, dubbed "Salute to a Legend", will be a tribute to Usain Bolt who will retire from competition after the IAAF World Championship in London from August 4-13.


The American Christian Taylor, Olympic and World Champion in the triple jump, has also confirmed his intention to be among the contestants lining up by the sandpit at the National Stadium on June 10.


The international section of the meet will feature eight events for men and seven for women. The 800 metres has been added to the list of men’s events, which now comprises: 100-metres, 200-metres, 400-metres, 800-metres, 110-metres hurdles, 400-metres hurdles, Triple jump and shot put. The women’s events now consist of: 100-metre, 200-metres, 400 metres, 100-metre hurdles, 400-metre hurdles, Triple Jump and high jump.

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