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Thompson to focus on World Champs fine-tuning, expects Jamaica to continue sprinting success

Published:Saturday | July 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Andre Lowe, Sports Editor

LONDON, England:

Double sprint champion Elaine Thompson says she will be focusing on her transition when she competes in the 100m at tomorrow’s Muller Anniversary Games in London and is certain Jamaica will continue producing top sprinters in years to come.

The London Diamond League meet will have two rounds of women’s 100m action and the Jamaica is eager to fine-tune her preparations heading into next month’s World Championships which take place at the same venue as tomorrow’s meet, the London Olympic Stadium.

“It’s my first time running heats on the circuit. It’s really a part of the training process for us to prepare for the World Championships next month so running the heats is just a part of the preparation for the World Champs next month,” Thompson said of tomorrow’s assignments.

“Because we have a heat and a final, my main objective is to get that first 30m right and to execute my transition from the 30m to the finish,” she added. “So I’m just going to run the first round just to get to the final and there I will focus on my start and transition.”

Thompson was speaking at a press conference at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on Saturday.

The women’s 100m heats get underway at 12:35 p.m. (6:35 a.m. Jamaica time) with the final set to take place at 2:40 p.m. (8:40 a.m.)

Other big names set to compete in the event include Dafne Schippers, Murielle Ahoure, Morolake Akinosun and Michelle-Lee Ahye.

Jamaicans Sashalee Forbes and Christania Williams are also down to compete.

Thompson also added that she believes Jamaica will continue to turn out high quality sprinters even after she exits the sport.

“We were doing that before I was even born and it will continue long after I am gone. Even at our Boys and Girls Championships we have a lot of talented athletes, many of them are actually heading to Kenya to represent Jamaica. The tradition is still going strong, so after we exit the sport we will still see top Jamaicans coming in,” said Thompson.