Thompson-Herah reflects on 'good' outing in Eugene
Bronze medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica reacts during the medal ceremony for the women's 100m at the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Monday, July 18, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

EUGENE, Oregon — Despite failing to get her first World Athletics Championships title, five-time Olympic Games gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah says she had a "good" outing after picking up two medals at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Thompson-Herah, who won back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles at the Rio 2016 Games and in Tokyo last year, claimed her first 100m medal at the World Championships when she took the bronze in the Jamaican clean sweep. She added a silver in the 4x100m relays.

"Personally, I think my championships was good and I was not disappointed at all. The last two times [London 2017 and Doha 2019] I was disappointed I went home without a medal and this time I have two, so why would I be disappointed? I am excited! This is a motivation for me to show that I am strong," the Jamaican said after the 4x100m relays on Saturday.

"Many people were unable to defend titles here, crashing into hurdles and not getting to finals, so I am grateful to be one of those persons who had challenges and struggles to come back out here and to earn a medal," she reasoned.

Thompson-Herah, who left the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club at the end of last season to be coached by her husband, said the transition is a process.

"Switching to a new coach will take some time to start producing results. Expectations are high as you are coming off an awesome season [in which] you run 10.5 and 21.5.

"Anything can happen; and we saw athletes who won Olympic titles last year but can't even pass the first round today as they have so many niggles and tried to come here and fix that, but it did not work. I am one of those who came here with issues and I got two medals, and I am grateful," she said.

Thompson-Herah said she has even surprised herself.

"I am tougher than how I think; I am a cookie that is hard to break. My friends always ask me how I do it and I don't even know, but I don't allow anything to bother me. I think because I know what I am capable of doing I don't allow myself to be distracted by the noise or the sounds that people are making now. The same persons who cheer for you are the same ones who talk bad about you, so why would I be sad? I need them," she said.

Thompson-Herah, who ran the second leg on the women's 4x100m team, was grateful for the medal.

"It's not a disappointment for me; we have no medals put down there on the field for us that is gold. We have to work for that and even though we have four wonderful ladies running today, we did not achieve that," she told journalists.

"The goal is always to walk away with the gold but we did not do that. But, we still walked away with the silver — which is a medal — and I think that I'm grateful to be part of this squad. We have a new member, Kemba Nelson, and I think she is happy to be a part of her first medal-winning relay squad," said Thompson-Herah.

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