Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Elaine Thompson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson win in Birmingham

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson won the women's 60 metres at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham on Saturday.

The race was very close with just 0.02 separating the top three finishers, but the Jamaican was given the verdict in 7.13 over European indoor champion Asha Philip (7.14) and double world silver medallist Marie Josee Ta Lou (7.15).

Thompson said she enjoyed running in Birmingham and was happy with the time, though it is still some way away from her 6.98 personal best, done at the same track in 2017.

“It’s always good to be in Birmingham. Wonderful memories here. I got my 60-metre PB here, so to come and run 7.13 is good,” said Thompson.

“It is always good to be here in Birmingham. The crowd helps me to run well. I stay in my lane though and keep focused. The girls were also helpful because they ran well and pushed me to the line. It was a close finish,” she said.

Meanwhile, world indoor silver medallist Su Bingtian outclassed the men’s 60m field to win in a world-leading 6.47.

After a conservative 6.60 to win his heat earlier in the day, the Chinese sprinter produced the third-fastest clocking of his life to win from Britain’s European 100m silver medallist Reece Prescod, who equalled his PB with 6.53. Mike Rodgers was third in a season’s best of 6.54 while Japan’s Takuya Kawakami recorded the same time in fourth to set a national indoor record.

There was another Jamaican winner at the meet as  Stephenie-Ann McPherson won the women’s 400m, a non-scoring event.

McPherson led throughout to win in 52.24, holding off world indoor bronze medallist Eilidh Doyle, who clocked a season’s best of 52.43.

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