Thompson relishing chance to represent Jamaica at World Athletics Champs

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Like a thief in the dark Kingston night, Elaine Thompson emerged from the back of the pack to blow past her rivals, including the returning double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, to win the women's 100m final in a season's best 11.01s at the National Junior and Senior Athletics Championships on Friday.

Fraser-Pryce, who only recently returned to competitive action, got off to her now famous bullet-like start to lead the field with Natasha Morrison and Shericka Jackson close behind. Thompson, who was surprisingly running out of lane seven, took a while to get into her race, but her top-end speed proved to be too much for her MVP teammate, whom she caught just before the line and defended her national title.

Fraser-Pryce, who improved her season's best to 11.09s, was second, while Jackson clocked a personal best 11.13 for third.

The win means that Thompson will be the one to represent Jamaica in the 100m at the inaugural World Athletics Championships, something she is already looking forward to.

“It's just a one-person thing, so I am just going out there to do my best. I am just hoping that this Achilles will hold up for the entire season so I can go out there and do my best,” she expressed.

Thompson complained about the persistent Achilles issues she has to cope with.

“I didn't doubt myself, but it's really been a tough season for me and the Achilles injury. Coach Stephen Francis has been very patient with me, trying to help me recover from the Achilles injury, but I just came out here and kept my composure,” she bemoaned.

It has been a tough time for her, coping with an injury which often requires absolute rest.

“It was really bad, because after I came back from Prefontaine I could not do anything, so I have to thank coach for being very patient with me and just help me to go through the training process until I come out here and get a victory,” Thompson explained.

The 2016 Olympic Games double sprint champion said she was focused on her own performance after running virtually blind in the outside lane.

“I had to swing my hands and just punch it and go through the line. I couldn't see who was winning, I was focused on me... I continued to swing [and] lift — that's what coach told me to do — and that's what I was doing,” Thompson said.

— Dwayne Richards

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