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Ailing Elaine inspires relay triumph in Zurich

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe
Mayor of the city of Zurich Corinne Mauch (left) with the winning Jamaican team (from left) Elaine Thompson, Jura Levy, Christania Williams and Simone Facey, after the women's 4x100m during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League meet in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas ( left) wins the women's 200 metres ahead of Jamaica's Elaine Thompson (centre) and fourth placed Dafne Schippers of Netherlands (right) at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday.
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ZURICH, Switzerland:

Elaine Thompson had to be helped off the track following her 200 metres defeat at the first IAAF Diamond League final at the Weltklasse, Zurich, meet yesterday, but would later return to help the Jamaicans to their lone spark on a day when diamond trophies proved elusive for the island's stars.

Thompson, who complained about her stomach after her 22.00 second-place finish behind The Bahamas' Shaunae Miller-Uibo, 21.88 seconds, was back on the track a few hours later to anchor Jamaica to a 41.85-second win in the invitational Zurich Trophy 4x100m relay event, alongside Christania Williams, Jura Levy and Simone Facey.

The double Olympic champion, who struggled with similar issues during the World Championships, went into detail in explaining the issue, while noting that understanding her limitations made dealing with missing out on the 4x100m relay in London easier to deal with.

 

NO REGRETS

 

She also underlined that despite the setbacks, she will look back on the 2017 season without regret and is focusing on approaching 2018 with positivity.

"It's never serious whenever I run the 200m or some other events sometimes. I don't know if I hydrate too much or what, but sometimes, it rides my stomach and forces me to vomit," Thompson shared.

"It always happens. Most people don't see it, but sometimes after I come off the track, I have to find a corner; not just at the World Championships, but people don't normally see it. Someone saw it at the World Championships, but it happened right here (Zurich meet) last year as well.

"I worked hard and I won't look back at the season with any disappointment because I know I have to move past all that in order to move forward and look ahead to having a wonderful season in 2018," said Thompson, who will next compete at the Brussels Diamond League final in the 100m event.

"I came out here just trying to execute after the World Championships. I hadn't done a 200m since Prefontaine (May), so I just went out there to give it my all," she added.

Third place in the event went to Marie-Josee Ta Lou, in 22.09 with Facey taking seventh in 22.80.

Sixteen US$50,000 cheques and diamond trophies were handed out last night - none to a Jamaican, as namesakes Danielle Williams in the 100m hurdles and Kimberly Williams in the triple jump, who, like Thompson, are looking at the glass half full, as well as Asafa Powell, left the Swiss city without top honours.

Williams - of the sprint hurdling variety - was happy to get back on the track after her London let-down but had to run her way back into the race after a slow start, finishing fourth in 12.73 seconds behind winner and World champion Sally Pearson, who like Sharika Nelvis, ran 12.55, with Christina Manning, 12.67, taking third.

 

FOURTH FOR WILLIAMS

 

In the women's triple jump, Kimberly Williams, with 14.41m, saved her best effort for last, but also had to settle for a fourth-place finish with Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova, 14.55m, producing a mild upset to get the better of World champion Yulimar Rojas (14.52m) and Caterine Ibarguen, 14.48m.

In his first race since the end of June, Asafa Powell ran seventh in the men's 100m final, clocking 10.11 seconds, as young Brit CJ Ujah, 9.97, clipped Ben Youssef Meite, who also ran 9.97 for the win, with Ronnie Baker, 10.01, finishing third.

Mo Farah, who was honoured by the Swiss crowd with a choreography before his contest, was pushed to the line, but eventually got the men's 5000m win in 13:06.05 over a diving Paul Chelimo, 13:06.09, and Muktar Edris, who matched Chelimo's time.

Isaac Makwala, 43.95, in the 400m, and Ruth Jebet, in a world-leading 8:55.29 in the 3000m steeplechase, were other notable winners.

andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com