Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Thompson faces Schippers, Ta Lou and Miller-Uibo over 200m on Thursday

Reigning double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson.

Reigning double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson.

Reigning double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson will compete in a 200-metre race for the first time since the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 27 as the Jamaican is down to face a strong field on Thursday at the Weltklasse Zurich.

The Weltklasse Zurich is the 13th meeting and the first of two finals of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League, where athletes will battle for a piece of the US$1.6 million prize pot.

The IAAF Diamond League Finals will be held according to the revised system for the first time this year. The best athletes of the current season qualified for the final based upon points acquired at the 12 preceding IAAF Diamond League meetings. US$100,000 will be awarded in prize money in each event with individual event champions collecting $50,000.

Thompson will face off with Dutch athlete Dafne Schippers, Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the 200m gold, silver and bronze medallists from the recently concluded World Championships in London.

The field also includes another Jamaican athletes - Simone Facey.

When Thompson last competed at the distance in Eugene on May 27, the Jamaican had no response to American Tori Bowie's pace and was relegated to third, her first defeat of the season. Thompson clocked 21.98 seconds with Bowie flying to victory in an IAAF Diamond League record of 21.77 (1.5m/s).

Miller-Uibo got closest to Bowie, the Bahamian powering home from lane eight to take second in a national record of 21.91. 

Since that defeat, Thompson has been missing from action over the 200m trip and only competed in the 100m at the World Championships in London, but again found Bowie too good for her. She finished a mere fifth in 10.98. 

Thompson on Sunday bounced back from her defeat at the World Championships by scoring a narrow victory over Ta Lou at the 12th meeting of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League in Birmingham, London.

Three other Jamaicans are also scheduled to compete in Eugene. They are former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell in the men's 100m; Danielle Williams in the women's 100m hurdles and Kimberly Williams in the women's triple jump.





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