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Thompson ready to run fast

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 5:00 AMAndre Lowe
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson at the National Stadium yesterday.

Back in Jamaica for the first time since 2012, Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson is looking to put two years of injuries behind him with a strong showing at today's Jamaica International Invitational.

Thompson, who has so far posted a mark of 10.04, which makes him the fourth fastest man on the planet this year, leads all competitors in the 100m, which is set to face the starter at 8:14pm inside the National Stadium.

With 100m specialists Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Ryan Bailey, Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole all listed to compete, Thompson is relishing the challenge, as he looks to bounce back from two miserable years.

"It's very early but coming to Jamaica you're always sure to get really tested in any sprint event. It's always a stacked field but it will go a long way to show me where I'm at and how much more I need to put in," Thompson told The Gleaner.

The sprinter failed to make the final at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but believes his preparation has been much better heading into the season.

"I'm healthy this year and that played a major role in how I was able to prepare in other seasons. I started off well and in order to continue going well I just need to continue training hard, get more races and things will all come together. Saturday's (today's) race will show me where I am," Thompson said.