Elaine Thompson 'back in shape' with world-leading 10.89 in Rome

By June 06, 2019

Elaine Thompson, the 2016 double Olympic champion said she is encouraged by the shape she is now, following her world-leading run against a strong 100m field at the Rome Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

Thompson surged past Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith to cross the line in 10.89s, her fastest time since she ran 10.71s in Kingston in June 2017.

Asher Smith was second in 10.94 while emerging US sensation Aleia Hobbs was third in 11.12.

Thompson has had a challenging two years battling Achilles Tendinitis that has slowed her considerably for the past two years. She said it was good to be back to where she belongs; at the head of the pack.

“I am excited getting back into the shape that I want,” she told Sportsmax.TV after her race.

“I started the season not like myself but I said to myself, the season is long and you are strong. With a couple of weeks to our national trails, I think I am in the shape I am supposed to be in now. So, it’s back to work to refocus and more preparation leading to the world championships.”

Thompson was the only Caribbean winner on the day. However, her compatriot Shericka Jackson ran 51.05 for second in the 400m won by Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser who won in 50.26, a season’s best.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson completed a Jamaican 2-3 when she crossed third in her season-best of 51.39.

Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards clocked 20.52, which was only good enough for fifth in a fast 200m won by American phenomenon Michael Norman who pulled off a mild upset over Noah Lyles. Norman, who many expect to challenge Wayde van Niekerk’s 400m world record this season, ran a world-leading 19.70 edging Lyles who was 0.02 seconds behind.

2018 Commonwealth Games champion was fifth in the 400m hurdles in 55.42. The race was won by American Dalilah Mohammad, who clocked 53.67 for the win ahead of compatriot Shamier Little 54.40s, a season-best and two-time world champion Zuzana Hejnova who also produced a season-best time of 54.82.

Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards also produced a season-best 20.93m for sixth in the men’s shot put won by Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki, who unleashed a meet-record and personal best mark of 21.97m.

The USA’s Darrel Hill was second with 21.71m while Brazil’s Darlan Romani was third with 21.68m.

 

 

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