Thompson-Herah targets elusive world title in 2023
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates after she won the women's 100m final during the Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 13, 2016. (Photo: AFP)

Double Olympic Games champion Elaine Thompson-Herah says she has put last year's injury-plagued season behind her and is fully focused on claiming her first World Championships title at this summer's staging, which is scheduled for Budapest, Hungary.

Thompson-Herah, who battled through a series of injuries, finished third in the women's 100m final at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last July.

Her Jamaican compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce led home a one-two-three finish for the country, with Shericka Jackson winning silver.

Thompson-Herah, the fastest woman alive over 100m, with a time of 10.54 seconds, then finished a disappointing seventh in the final of the women's 200m. The race was won by Jackson in a lifetime best and national record 21.45.

"It is the same goals, even though I have reset and rewind," said the 30-year-old Thompson-Herah.

THOMPSON-HERAH...even though last year wasn't the best season, I still have to move past that (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

"[The] aim is to get a world title, which I don't have. It is just the same goal to just continue to stay focused and keep working hard to claim that gold in Hungary," she said.

"Every year is critical, you focus on one season, even though last year wasn't the best season, I still have to move past that, continue to put in the work," Thompson-Herah said.

"Each season speaks for itself, I know this one will be a good one and I just have to stay focused and continue to put in the work and keep going," Thompson-Herah said.

Thompson-Herah, who won the sprint double at last year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, opened her season at the Queen's/Grace Jackson last Saturday with a 7.15 clocking to win the women's 60m event.

She said she has not had any lingering effect of the injuries which bothered her last season.

"The preparations are going really good, I am confident in myself as always, and once I complete each day, I am grateful and I give God thanks," said Thompson-Herah.

"I am just taking it day by day, week by week, and month by month. Each day I try to improve, and once I am healthy, I am good," she said.

"I don't think about what happened last year, I just have to just move forward and look forward for this new season," Thompson-Herah said.

BY ROBERT BAILEY Staff reporter robertb@jamaicaobserver.com

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