Thompson-Herah disappointed at delay that left her 'flat' for 100m final at Jamaica's national championships Featured

Tokyo Olympics triple gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah said she momentarily considered walking away from the final of the 100m final at Jamaica’s national championships in Kingston on Friday night after technical glitches delayed the start for more than 25 minutes.

That delay, she said, impacted her performance as she finished third in the race won by Shericka Jackson in a season-best 10.77. Kemba Nelson ran a personal best of 10.88 to also finish ahead of the fastest woman alive, who claimed third in 10.89.

Thompson-Herah, who has run as fast as 10.79 this season, could not hide her disappointment afterwards.

“Oh yes, I am disappointed. I came out here ready to run the finals. However, there was a delay which was not our fault. We warmed up and it is not like a training session where you can just go through the motion,” she said.

“Honestly, I almost walked out but I still had to qualify but when I drove out I felt very flat because of the amount of time that I stood out there and I just hung on for the third. I didn’t even know I came third, I just fought for the line and I qualified so thanks be to God, I am grateful.”

She explained that her disappointment was compounded because she wanted Jamaica to see that she was in great shape as she prepares to claim what would be her first world title in Eugene, Oregon next month.

“I am feeling really good. Coming out here today I wanted to show that but it didn’t work out because of those technical difficulties,” she said.

“I am disappointed about that but I am healthy so I will move on to the 200m tomorrow (Saturday).

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