Injured Jamaican sprinter, double Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson will not know what her recovery will look like for another two weeks.

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson has withdrawn from the ongoing IAAF World Championships after suffering a flare-up of a longstanding Achilles tendon issue.

The 27-year-old sprinter looked well short of her best after finishing fourth in the 100m with a time of 10.93.  The event was won by compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with a time of 10.71.

 Thompson went on to qualify for the 200m semi-finals but mentioned that a flare-up of the Achilles issue had made life uncomfortable over the shorter distance.

The athlete had been drawn to run in Heat 2 of Tuesday’s semi-finals but did not face the starter.  Sashalee Forbes will be the country’s lone representative in the event.  Thompson’s withdrawal from the meet will also impact the Jamaica team for the 4x100m relays.

Heading into the Doha Championships Thompson’s time of 10.73 was the fastest in the world and her time of 22.00 in the 200m was second in the world behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s 21.74.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Kamaria Durant was the only athlete from the twin-sdland republic to make the semi-finals of the Women’s 200 metres after a day of mixed fortunes for the Caribbean.

In the meantime, Antonique Strachan of the Bahamas qualified for the final, winning Heat one in 22.86 seconds to finish ahead of Durant, 23.08, and Jamaica’s Sashalee Forbes, 23.15.

Jamaica’s biggest hope for a gold medal, 100-metre fourth-place finisher, Elaine Thompson, was not a winner but looked comfortable enough in qualifying second in 22.61 seconds. The United States’ Brittany Brown, with a personal best of 22.33, won the heat.

All eyes though, have been on Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith. Second in the 100 on Sunday, Asher-Smith is a much better 200-metre runner and with a personal best of 21.89, is favourite to take this event.

She looked very good in qualifying, winning her heat in 22.32 seconds, easily outdoing the United States’ Dezerea Bryant, 22.56, and the season’s best 22.57 from the Bahamas’ Tynia Gaither.

Unfortunately for Jamaica, Schillonie Calvert-Powell, running in heat six, found the going too tough and faded to 23.52 and seventh place.

Also out from the Caribbean is T&T’s Mauricia Prieto, who finished sixth in heat 2 with a time of 23.33 seconds.

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce looks in ominous shape ahead of the women’s 100-metre semi-finals trotting to a 10.80-second clocking in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

Running in heat one, Frazer-Pryce led from start to finish to stay ahead of Murielle Ahouré of the Ivory Coast, who finished in a smart 11.05.

Germany’s Gina Lückenkemper (11.29) locked up the third automatic qualifying spot while Poland’s Ewa Swobada, also 11.29, finished fourth for one of the non-automatic qualifying spot.

There were two other qualifications to the semi-finals for the Jamaicans as Elaine Thompson was fairly comfortable in winning her heat in 11.14 seconds ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste (11.21) and the United States’ Morolake Akinosun.

Another Jamaican, Jonielle Smith, is also through to the semi-finals, running 11.20 for third in her heat behind Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, 10.96, and the United States’ English Gardner, 11.20.

The Bahamas Tynia Gaither is also through to the final after her 11.24 seconds fourth place in that heat gave her a non-automatic qualification spot.

The Netherlands Dafne Schippers, who has always been there or thereabout, won the final heat in 11.17 seconds, with the United States’ Teahna Daniels (11.20), Gambia’s Gina Bass (11.25) and Great Britain’s Imani Lansiquot (11.31) joining her.

Defending champion, Tori Bowie (11.30), has struggled this season but she too is through to the semi-finals after finishing third in a heat won by Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji (11.17). Xiaojing Liang of China (11.18) was second in that heat, leading until the last 10 metres.

Marie-Josée TA LOU also showed she was in good form, running a personal best to win her heat in a very handsome 10.85. She finished ahead of Daryll Neita of Great Britain ((11.12), Germany’s Tatjana Pinto (11.19), China’s Yongli Wei (11.28), and Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel (11.30), who will all line up in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

2018 World U20 100m champion Briana Williams was selected on a provisional basis to Jamaica’s 55-member team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha from September 27-October 6.

Elaine Thompson, despite putting together consistent wins over 100 metres this season, believes she is still not at 100 per cent just yet.

Thompson made it five wins from as many starts over the shortest sprint on Saturday when she blew away the challenge of the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou to stop the clock at 10.98 seconds.

While the time wasn’t as quick as the heady 10.73 she clocked earlier this season, the performance was dominant and the 2016 Olympic champion may be looking like a favourite for a 2019 World Championship title.

Thompson is staying calm though and going through the process to ensure she is at peak when she gets to Doha.

"It's still five weeks to Doha so it's all preparation at this stage," the 27-year-old Thompson said.

"I'm not 100 percent yet because it's all about the world championships. It's very important to put races like this in because it was a strong field."

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson continues to look unbeatable over 100 metres lately, easing to her latest victory at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday. 

Elaine Thompson won the 100m title at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday to secure Jamaica’s third gold medal at the championships.

Wednesday’s final of the Women’s 100m at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru will feature four Caribbean women after Elaine Thompson, Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye, Natasha Morrison and Kelly-Ann Baptiste all advanced from their respective semi-final heats on Tuesday.

Reigning double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is confident she remains on target to hit her best form in time for the Doha World Champions.

The 27-year-old recently looked in superb form as she coasted away from the field down the stretch to post a relaxed-looking 22.13, in the women’s 200m, at the London Diamond League.  The time was the athlete’s second quickest this season, with her season’s best of 22.00, clocked at the Jamaica National Championship in June, the fastest time run over the distance this year.

After struggling with an Achilles injury for the past couple of seasons, Thompson is increasingly certain she is on track display the type of form that made her unbeatable over both the 100m and 200m distances at the Rio Olympics.  At her best, the Jamaican clocked a sizzling 21.66, the fifth-fastest time ever run over the distance.

“It’s a long season, I just listen to my coach (Stephen Francis).  I know he is a genius.  I know what he has in store leading up to the World Championship and I just have go out there and put it on the track. Every race is a work in progress,” Thompson told Givemesport.

“To come here and get this type of 200m performance and in the type of place I want to be, I think I’m in just the right position. I just need to continue to put in the work and execute.”

 

The Muller Grand Prix 200m will be one of the highlights of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on 18 August.

Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, two-time world champion Dafne Schippers and triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith will all take to the start line at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium next month.

Miller-Uibo, who beat Asher-Smith and Schippers in the 200m in Birmingham last year, has been undefeated across all disciplines since the 2017 Muller Grand Prix. So far in 2019, the Bahamian has clocked a world 300m best of 34.41, a 200m season’s best of 22.09 and a world-leading 49.05 for 400m.

Thompson recorded world-leading times of 10.73 and 22.00 to win the 100m and 200m titles at the Jamaican Championships last month. She was also victorious at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Rome and London.

Following her successes at the European Championships last year, Asher-Smith has carried her incredible form into 2019, winning the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meetings in Doha and Stockholm and clocking a 100m season’s best of 10.91.

Schippers comes off the back of a disappointing disqualification in the women’s 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, hoping to bounce back with a quick time over her preferred distance.

“The atmosphere at the Müller Anniversary Games in London last week was great,” said Asher-Smith. “I expect the same energy from the crowd in Birmingham.

“The British fans are exceptional and the athletes really appreciate the support. It pushes us to even better performances. With the World Championships in Doha getting closer, the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham is positioned perfectly to help me prepare and fine turn my performances.”

Olympic 200-metre champion Elaine Thompson is continuing to show good form ahead of the IAAF World Championships, winning the half-length event at the London Diamond League on Saturday.

Thompson lead early and managed to stay ahead of the field to stop the clock at 22.13 seconds.

The Olympic champion’s win came against a field that included the Côte d'Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who tried to make a late push but found she was given as good as she gave, eventually crossing the line in a season’s best 22.36.

Beth Dobblin of Great Britain was third in a lifetime best 22.50 seconds, while another Jamaican, Sashalee Forbeswas fourth in 22.93.

The field was rounded out by the Netherland’s Jamile Samuel, 22.94, Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji, 22.95, Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert-Powell, 23.16, Great Britain’s Bianca Williams, and teammate Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Both Williams and Johnson-Thompson were running season’s best.

Bahamian Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo has admitted she is considering the 200m, 400m sprint double at the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Doha but only if the organisers amend the schedule.

The 25-year-old star has displayed splendid form over both distances for the past several months. Her most recent outing, a dominant half-lap sprint at the Herculis EBS in Monaco last Friday, saw Miller-Uibo pull clear of a quality field, which included 2016 Olympic 100-200m champion Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers, the 2017 world 200m champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist. The athlete is even more of a dominant force in the one-lap event but knows first hand the demands of attempting the sprint double. At the 2017 World Championships, an obviously overworked Miller-Uibo settled for the bronze medal in the 200 metres race and finished fourth in the 400 metres event.

Impressed with her performance at the weekend, however, the athlete admitted that attempting the double was once again a possibility. "I feel pretty good, like I did a good job out there," Miller-Uibo said. "I'm happy with how the race went. The quicker I get at 200m, the quicker I'd be at 400 and I'm really happy with where I'm at right now.” “My coach said he was very happy with how I ran the turn. If they can change the timetable for the Olympics, I'd be more than happy to double."

Shaunae Miller-Uibo continued her unbeaten streak this season and Steven Gardiner won a 400m surrounded by controversy at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.

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