Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Thompson-Herah: I was a little bit surprised with my run in Rome

Elaine Thompson-Herah at the press conference ahead of the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha. (PHOTO: World Athletics).

Elaine Thompson-Herah at the press conference ahead of the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha. (PHOTO: World Athletics).

Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has expressed gratitude and relief at being able to race on the Wanda Diamond League circuit.

In a season badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the 28-year-old raced fairly regularly in low-key competitions in Kingston throughout July and August and then made it to Rome last week, where she won the 100m in a world-leading 10.85.

She will return to the Diamond League circuit on Friday in Doha to again compete over 100m.

“I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to race in Rome and Doha,” she said on Thursday at a press conference ahead of the Diamond League meeting in Doha. “I'd raced a few times in Jamaica but the level and intensity of competition wasn't the same.

“I was a little bit surprised with my run in Rome because I hadn't raced for a few weeks, but I knew I was capable of running fast because I'd put in the work.”

Although 2020 has been an unusual year in many ways, Thompson-Herah says her racing and training experiences haven’t changed too much.

“As a sprinter, you have to learn to block everything else out anyway, so I've got used to racing in a stadium without any fans,” she said. “Nothing much has changed with my training. My coach is a genius, though, so I just do what he tells me to do.”

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: