Jamaican sprint queens looking good as the season begins

Elaine Thompson - Caribbean National Weekly News
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson waves after a women's 100-meter heat during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Thousands of Jamaica track and field fans turned out at the Milo Western Relays held at the alternative GC Foster College venue last weekend, and were impressed with the performances of top athletes like veteran sprinters and Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson.

New sprint relay record

The two sprinters, running for their club MVP Track Club in the women 4 x 100 relay helped their team to set a new record of 43.23 seconds.

According to reports Thompson ran the second leg brilliantly to giver her team the lead, which third leg runner maintained, handing over to Fraser-Pryce who took the baton home in what was described as a “resounding win”.

Both athletes expressed delight at their individual performances, as well as the success they were able to enjoy as a group.

Looking forward to successful 2019 season

Thompson, 26, the defending 100 and 200 meters Olympic champion who was hampered last season with leg and foot injuries said she “felt great” after the race, and wants to pace herself for the long season ahead. Her target for the season is the World Championship to held in from September 27 to October 6 in Doha, Qatar. She said its her plan to maintain her health, take the season race by race and perform her best

A toe injury seriously Fraser-Pryce performance in the 2017 season, before she took time off from the track to give birth to her son. She has returned to the track determined to have a good, injury free season. She said her plan is to continue training hard and “have injury free races each time.” She is also looking forward to participating in international meets this season, including with Thompson, and is looking towards this year’s Penn Relays, and the World Championships.

 

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