‘Discomfort’ forces Thompson-Herah to pull out of Birmingham
Elaine Thompson-Herah

Five-time Olympic Games champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has withdrawn from tomorrow’s Wanda Diamond League meeting in Birmingham in the United Kingdom after suffering “some discomfort in training”, it was announced on Thursday.

Thompson-Herah, the national record holder in the 100m and 200m and the second-fastest woman ever over the events, was down to contest what looks to be a competitive event that will see Shericka Jackson as the only Jamaican in the event.

A release from Andi Sports Management, the agency headed by former national track and field representative Marvin Anderson, which represents Thompson-Herah, said Thursday, the two-time Olympic Games double sprint champion was withdrawn “out of an abundance of caution after she experienced some discomfort in training”, but did not say what the nature of the injury was.

The release also said, “Mrs Thompson-Herah looks forward to resuming her competition schedule in short order.” Thompson-Herah, who has run the second-fastest times in the 100m (10.54 seconds) and 200m (21.53 seonds), has a season’s best 10.89 seconds in the 100m.

Meanwhile, Jamaicans taking part in the meet are Jackson in the women’s 100m; Hansle Parchment and Omar McLeod in the 110m hurdles; Natoya Goule in the women’s 800; Yohan Blake in the men’s 100m; and Janieve Russell and Ronda Whyte in the women’ 400m hurdles.

— Paul Reid

Paul Reid

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