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Confident Thompson eyes Birmingham Grand Prix

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 2:00 AMPaul Clarke
Elaine Thompson (right) piloting the MVP team to victory in the women’s 4x100 metres at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Double Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson says she is gearing up for the Birmingham Grand Prix later this month and that she is feeling good about her prospects on the track this season after helping MVP Track Club to defend their women's 4x100m crown at the 39th Milo Western Relays held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.

Meanwhile, Nesta Carter, back on track for the first time in 17 months, received the biggest cheer from the appreciative crowd in leading MVP to a second-place finish in the Clubs and Institutions men's 4x100m behind the University of Technology (UTech).

UTech won the race in 39.42 seconds, with MVP second in 39.43 and G.C. Foster College third in 39.47.

Carter said after the race that he was happy to be back on the track even though he felt rusty, but offered that he was pleased with the reception.

ALLOWED TO COMPETE

The legal team representing Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter's disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings.

In just her second time on the track this year, Thompson looked easy in anchoring her team comprising Megan Simmons, Christania Williams and Srabani Nanda to a fast 43.61 seconds.

Second place went to Sprintec, 44.73, while the University of the West Indies ran through the line for third in 47.93.

"It's always great being at the Milo Western Relays," said Thompson. "I felt great out there on the track and, hopefully, I can stay fit and free from injury all season. If that happens, I should be fine.

"I'm just taking it one race at a time, but this was a good run in front of this crowd in Montego Bay," Thompson said.

Looking ahead, she told The Sunday Gleaner that while she is in good shape she has no plans about chasing individual records.

"I just want to put in the work in training and, so far, that is going great, and once I execute my races as planned, then I'm sure the times will come. But for now, I'm just focusing on Birmingham," she stated.