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DOHA, Qatar – Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson is hoping to bury the ghost of Doha 2019 and return stronger for Tokyo 2020.
Thompson ran 10.93s for fourth in the women’s 100m and later pulled out of the 200m semi-finals. She will also miss the women’s 4x100m relay.
“This is not the end I had hoped for after all the hard work and my long preparation this season,” she wrote on her social media page.
“I just have to mentally put this World Championships behind me and focus on my health and recovery,” continued the Rio 2016 Olympic 100m and 200m champion.
“I want to thank all of Jamaica for the love and encouragement, and I just have to look forward now to the 2020 season,” concluded her statement.
After her 100m final, Thompson said: “I felt great during the warm-up, but when I went out there, the body wasn’t firing.”
Asked about the problem she had with her Achilles tendon over the years, Thompson was quick to say she won’t blame her fourth-place finish on that.
“It was acting up before I came here, but I didn’t put it on my brain.
However, her coach Stephen Francis told journalists that its not the “Achilles” that ruled her out.
“Her Achilles gets tight because of something else elsewhere. She has tight muscles elsewhere on her body, which pulls on her tendons.”
“It started sometime during the 100m semi-finals, and she tried to go yesterday (Monday). It got a little worse today (Tuesday). She warmed up and couldn’t go.
Francis said they will now have to “turn our attention to trying and seeing if we can get it fixed.”
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