London 2017 | Thompson taking nothing for granted
She is one of the most dominant athletes in the world, but Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson says she is not taking anything for granted as she gets ready to start her IAAF World Championships campaign inside the London Stadium tomorrow.
Thompson, the double Olympic sprint champion, has lost just one of her last 20 races over 100m - a heat at the London Diamond League a few weeks ago.
Still, despite her confidence heading into the championships, Thompson says she has respect for all of her rivals and that she is not feeling any pressure to deliver the gold given her amazing season.
"I am feeling great, I arrived in London safely and had some training sessions, I am confident, and I am feeling great," Thompson told The Gleaner.
"I respect everybody that I compete with, I give them all a lot of respect because if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be heading to the line prepared for a battle," she added. "So I give a lot of props to them, and I look forward to a lot of competition. There is a lot of competition on the men's side, so I am looking forward to a good fight with the women as well.
"There will always be pressure, especially from the fans ,but you know what your job is, you just have to go out and execute and do your best. My team, my coach, my management, everyone is doing great, and everyone is supporting me. This is my second World Championships, and I am just going out there to have fun," added Thompson.
With times of 10.71 and 10.78 already registered this season, Thompson will get her campaign going with the two fastest times in the event this year.
Thompson added that she is in good shape having recovered from an Achilles injury that forced her to compete in training spikes at the London Diamond League on July 9.
"After Eugene, I got some new spikes from Nike and they weren't comfortable at all, they were giving my Achilles some slight discomfort, so I got some training flats from them for London (Diamond League) just to try, but I am back in shape now, the shape that I am supposed to be in," Thompson assured. "Hopefully, by Saturday, you will see me in the spikes I'm supposed to be in but it's all good now."
The women's 100m heats will get under way tomorrow inside the London Stadium at 11:45 a.m. (5:45 a.m. Jamaica time).