Thursday 21 November, 2019

Elaine Thompson face off with Miller-Uibo in Monaco on Friday

Jamaica's double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson in action at the recent Jamaican trial.

Jamaica's double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson in action at the recent Jamaican trial.

Jamaica's double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson will face off with the three medallists from the women’s 200m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the ninth meeting of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, in Monaco on Friday.

The 27-year-old Thompson will be joined on the 200m start line by two-time world champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas and double world silver medallist  Ivorian sprinter Marie-Josee Ta Lou.

Schippers (22.05) won the 200m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, beating Ta Lou (22.08) and Miller-Uibo (22.15).

Miller-Uibo won the 400m in Monaco last year, clocking an IAAF Diamond League record of 48.97. Ta Lou, meanwhile, won the 100m in Monaco in 2018 and relegated Thompson to third place.

Thompson is the world leader in the 200m with 22.00 seconds recorded at the Jamaican trials on June 23 at the National Stadium.

Four other Jamaicans are invited to compete in Monaco, among them University of Arkansas student Janeek Brown and 2015 World Championships gold medallist Danielle Williams in the women's 100m hurdles.

The 26-year-old Williams will return to the track for the first time since her disqualification for a false start at the Jamaican trials on June 23.

Brown is the world leader in the women's 100m hurdles with a new national record of 12.40 seconds recorded on June 8 in Texas.

The other Jamaicans down to compete are Rushell Clayton and Janieve Russell in the women's 400m hurdles. The race also features 2017 world champion Cori Carter and the event's rising star Sydney McLaughlin, who at just 19 is already among the 10 fastest women in the history of the event.

The 2016 Olympian clocked 52.75 last year to join compatriot Shamier Little as equal ninth on the wold all-time list.

 

 

 

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