Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson will only run in the 100 metres at the World Championships in London
KINGSTON Jun 23:Olympic sprint-double champion Elaine Thompson will only run the 100 metres at the world championships in London after skipping the longer distance at Jamaica’s national trials.
Thompson, a world silver medallist in the 200m at Beijing in 2015, has a wildcard entry in the 100m as the reigning Diamond League Trophy winner and cruised in a time of 11.20 secs (wind -1.3 m/s) in the preliminary round on Thursday.
Thompson, who did not speak with reporters after her race, will not be selected for the 200m in London as per Jamaica Athletics policy.
The next best qualifiers to the women’s 100m semi-finals are Simone Facey, Olympic finalist Christania Williams and Jonielle Smith.
In the absence of Usain Bolt, who has a wild card entry to the world championships, 2011 world champion Yohan Blake made easy progress to Friday’s semi-finals of the men’s 100m with a time of 10.21sec.
“The plan coming in today was to just take it easy,” Blake told Reuters, adding that he was delighted with his form.
“It feels awesome because if I can do that from early, shutting down and just walking 10.2 is pretty awesome, in a negative wind, so I’m in incredible shape.”
Former world record holder and two-time world 100m bronze medallist Asafa Powell, Blake’s training partner Jevaughn Minzie, fastest-qualifier Julian Forte and Odean Skeen also made Friday’s semi-finals.