Elaine Thompson Completes Sprint Double At Jamaican Championships
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson completed the sprint double on Sunday’s last day of the four-day Jamaican trials after posting a world-leading 22.00 seconds to win the 200 metres.
The 26-year-old Thompson, who won the 100 on Friday night, easily beat her MVP Track Club teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to regain the half-lap title she last won in 2015.
Fraser-Pryce, beaten by Thompson in a photo finish in the 100 metres, had to settle for second again, clocking 22.22, while Schillonie Calvert-Powell of Altis came home third in 22.92 after finishing eighth and last in the 100.
“Now that the championship is over I finally can sleep and eat some good food, go back to the drawing board, I have Prefontaine Sunday coming so I have to just regain my focus,” said Thompson.
The 26-year-old Thompson said her intention is to compete in both the 100 and 200 at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Doha, Qatar from September 28 to October 6
“It was a good run,” said a smiling Fraser-Pryce. “Congratulations to Elaine, she’s a 21.6 runner, I knew she was going to go. My aim tonight was to get a season’s best or a personal best after seeing that I ran 10.73 on Friday night. It has been an extraordinary year so far and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue representing Jamaica.”