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Thompson rounding into shape

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:35 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson (centre) on her way to victory, ahead of Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith (right), Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou (second right), and Americans Aleia Hobbs (second left) and English Gardiner in the women’s 100m event, at the Rome leg of the IAAF Diamond League in Italy, yesterday.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson (centre) on her way to victory, ahead of Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith (right), Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou (second right), and Americans Aleia Hobbs (second left) and English Gardiner in the women’s 100m event, at the Rome leg of the IAAF Diamond League in Italy, yesterday.

Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson said that she is rounding back in shape after she dominated the field to win the women’s 100m sprint at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea track and field meet, the Rome leg of the IAAF Diamond League, yesterday.

Fastest time

Thompson clocked 10.89 seconds in the Olympic Stadium, her fastest time since she clocked 10.71 seconds on June 23, 2017. Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith was second in 10.94 seconds, while third went to the American Aleia Hobbs, in 11.12 seconds.

“I am excited getting back in the shape that I want,” Thompson said after yesterday’s race. “I started the season not like myself, but I said to myself the season is long and you are strong.”

She continued: “With couple weeks to our national trails, I think I am in the shape I am supposed to be now. So it’s back to work to refocus and (for) more preparation leading to the world championships.”

It was sweet revenge for Thompson, over Asher-Smith, who defeated her in the 200m in Stockholm last week.

Thompson’s MVP Track Club teammates Shericka Jackson (51.05 seconds) and Stephenie Ann McPherson (51.39 seconds) finished second and third respectively in the women’s 400m. The event was won by Salwa Eid Naser, of Bahrain, in 50.26 seconds.

Janieve Russell could only managed fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles, with a time of 55.42 seconds. The event was won by Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad of the USA in 53.67 seconds.

Despite a season’s best mark of 20.93m, O’Dayne Richards could only manage sixth in the men’s shot put. Poland’s Konrad Kukowieczki won the event with a meet record mark of 21.97m.