Elaine Thompson-Herah into the Tokyo 2020 women's 200m final

Five-time Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has withdrawn from the Muller Birmingham Diamond League meeting.

In a media release, Andi Sports Management said: “The decision not to travel to Birmingham was taken out of an abundance of caution after she experienced some discomfort in training.

“Mrs. Thompson-Herah looks forward to resuming her competition schedule in short order,” the release concluded.

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Thompson-Herah, Jamaica’s national record holder over 100m and 200m and the second-fastest woman alive, was listed as the headliner for a stacked women’s 100m at the Birmingham Diamond League on Saturday, 21 May.

She was down to face fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson, world and European champion Dina Asher-Smith and Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabrielle Thomas.

Prominent others are Olympic relay bronze medallist Daryll Neita, Swiss national record holder, European indoor 60m champion Ajla Del Ponte, and Cambrea Sturgis (USA), the reigning NCAA champion over 100m and 200m and current world leader.

Yohan Blake, the second-fastest man ever at 200m with 19.26, against Olympic 200m champion Andre De Grasse, a multiple Olympic and world medallist, headline a men’s 100m field.

Former world indoor champion Trayvon Bromell, the 2015 World Championships bronze medallist, and Blake’s former training partner Zharnel Hughes have also entered the event.

Olympic 110m hurdles champion Hansle Parchment (JAM) and former Olympic champion Omar McLeod (JAM) headline the men’s 110m hurdles field, which includes former world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi (GBR).
Jamaican Rasheed Broadbell is also in the event.

Janieve Russell and Ronda Whyte are in the women’s 400m hurdles, including Dalilah Muhammad.

Christopher Taylor is down to contest the men’s 400m.

Natoya Goule will start in the women’s 800m.

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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