Jamaica’s newly-crowned Rio Olympics sprint champion Elaine Thompson is aiming for a fast time at today’s (September 9) Diamond League finale in Brussels.

At the King Baudouin Stadium track, Thompson will have 10.72 meet record set in 2013 by fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in mind.

“I’m looking for a fast time, it’s my last 100 of the season but I’m still healthy and in good shape.”

The 24-year-old, who will also face arch-rival Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, is ready to maintain her superiority over European champion.

Having won the sprint double in Rio, Thompson underlined those astonishing accomplishments with superlative victories in the 100-metre at the Lausanne Diamond League (August 25) and in the 200-metre at the Zurich DL on September 1.

She clocked 10.78 secs for her amazing 100m victory in Lausanne. (Schippers was absent). She then followed up with a new Diamond League meet record of 21.85 during her sensational 200m win over Schippers (21.86) in Zurich.

Thompson is set to bring the curtains down on a phenomenal dream season that brought her and the Jamaican contingent Olympics glory at the XXX1 Olympiad in Brazil. Thompson took the 100m (10.71) and 200m (21.78) titles to become the seventh woman in history to achieve the double.

In Brussels, she will face Rio fellow Jamaican 100m finalist Christiana Williams,  Simone Facey,  and Natasha Morrison; two Americans Tianna Bartoletta and Jeneba Tarmoh and Great Britain’s Desiree Henry.


By Brij Parasnath

BRIJ PARASNATH is one of the Caribbean’s leading media professionals, who is based in Trinidad & Tobago with extensive working experience serving as Sports Journalist/Commentator/Analyst/Statistician, having covered major sporting events for Caribbean News Agency (CANA) now CMC. Former Head Coach for Striders Athletics Club in Guyana (1977-1982)- the Champion Club for both Senior and Junior levels during that period and served as Manager/Coach for Guyana national teams to the regional Carifta Games and Hampton Games (T&T). Brij keeps tracking all major sporting events, sports stars and their performances.

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