Monday 30 March, 2020

Elaine Thompson, Fraser-Pryce open 2019 season on Saturday

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson.

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson.

Top Jamaican sprinters Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are among a number of senior athletes who will open their 2019 track and field season on Saturday at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium.

Double Olympic champion Thompson, 26,  and two-time Olympic gold medallist Fraser-Pryce, 32, will compete in the women’s 60-metre invitational, which features two heats

Thompson is returning from injury after she ended her 2018 season early as a result of an injured Achilles tendon.

Thompson last competed in July.  A day after she pulled out of the women's 200 metres at the 11th meeting of the IAAF Diamond League in London on July 22, Thompson announced her decision to end her season on her Facebook page.

“Counting the positives, but it’s been quite a season where my Achilles continues to affect my results, so back to the drawing board,” Thompson said on her Facebook page.

Thompson struggled to hit top form since she missed out on a Commonwealth Games medal in the 200 metres on April 11

Thompson had finished second in her semi-final 24 hours earlier, but worse was to come as she finished fourth in the Gold Coast 2018 final.

Thompson has only secured two major victories last season. Those victories came at the Jamaica International Invitational Meeting on May 19 and the JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships on June 22.

At the Jamaica International Invitational Meeting, Thompson secured an easy victory in 11.06 seconds and returned a month later to beat her MVP Track Club teammate  Fraser-Pryce to win the national 100-metre title with an 11.01 clocking.

Thompson ended the 2018 season as the 13th fastest woman that year over 100 metres with 10.93 seconds achieved at the opening Diamond League meeting in Doha on May 4 when she finished third to Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast.  Two other women - Aleia Hobbs of the USA and Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain - have also posted 10.93 seconds.

Thompson's biggest achievement in track and field came at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she secured the sprint double on August 18 with a scintillating victory in the women's 200-metre final.

Thompson had won the 100m gold five days earlier to become the first Jamaican to win both sprints at the same Olympics. She is also the sixth woman to achieve the double and the first since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

Two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Fraser-Pryce also ended her 2018 season early, this after finishing fifth in the women’s 100-metre at the NACAC Championship in Toronto, Canada in August.

The 2018 season saw Fraser-Pryce returning to the track after she missed the 2016-2017 season to have her son Zyon and to recover from a nagging toe injury that played a part in her failure to become the first woman in history to win three consecutive Olympic 100-metre titles.



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