Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Elaine Thompson-Herah blasts 10.73 in Kingston, Forte stops Blake

Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Elaine Thompson-Herah of MVP Track Club is on fire.

Thompson-Herah, who at the Rio Olympics in 2016 became the first Jamaican to win both sprints at the same Olympics, ran 10.73 seconds in only her third race this year at the Velocity Fest Meet 3 at Jamaica College in Kingston on Saturday.

The time was not a legal one with the wind measured at three metres per second, just over the legal limit of 2.0 metres per second, which means that the 10.98 clocked by Olympic 400m champion  Shaunae Miller-Uibo is still the fastest time in the world this year.

The Bahamian sprinter stepped down to the 100m on Friday at the Back To The Track meet in Clermont, Florida and smashed her PB in the heats with 11.03 before going even quicker in the final and her 10.98 (1.4m/s) erased the previous world-lead of 11 seconds flat recorded by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on July 11 at the Velocity Fest Meet 1 in Kingston.

Thompson-Herah’s 10.73 (3.0m/s) clocking came in section three. Shashalee Forbes of Sprintec Track Club, who also ran in section three, was a distant second in 11.05 - a time good enough to maintain her second place overall as there was no final for the event. Indian Srabani Nanda, who trains at MVP Track Club, and also ran in section three, finished third in 11.51.

Yohan Blake, the youngest ever world 100m champion, who returned off a long break forced by the COVID-19 lockdown to secure victory in the 200m a week ago, was no match for MVP Track Club’s Julian Forte in the 100m.

Both sprinters competed in section six. Forte, supported by a  slight tailwind, clocked 9.96 (2.1m/s), just clear of Blake, who came home in 10.07, a time good enough to maintain the Titans Track Club sprinter second place overall.

Nesta Carter of MVP Track Club, who won section five, finished third overall in 10.18.

Janieve Russell of MVP Track Club was the quickest in the women’s 400m with a time of 51.67 in section two.

World Championships bronze medallist Shericka Jackson covered the one-lap event in 51.81 seconds, an easy victory in section three ahead of her MVP Track Club teammate Stephenie-Ann McPherson (52.72), for the second fastest time overall.

Veteran quarter-miler Rusheen McDonald of MVP Track Club logged 46.10 seconds in section three to win the men’s 400m, well clear of  GC Foster College’s Akami Slater, who finished second overall in 46.52.

Bahamian sprinter Anthonique Strachan, representing MVP Track Club, won the women’s 200m in 22.72 seconds (+2.0 m/s). It was the second-fastest time since 2015 for the 2012 World U-20 champion when she ran 22.69 at a Diamond League meeting in Doha.

Natasha Morrison of Sprintec Track Club clocked 23.68 for second place.

Trinidadian Emmanuel Callender, who trains at MVP Track Club, won the men’s 200m in a wind-aided 21.38. Hansle Parchment (21.82) and Matthew Howell (25.53) finished second and third, respectively.

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