13 May, 2017

Thompson shines as Shanghai sparkles with Diamond League action

If there was any sliver of doubt left as to who is the premier female sprinter of the moment, little can remain after the performance of double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson in Shanghai this evening (Saturday, 13 May).

The Jamaican, who cruised to a comfortable 200m victory over world champion Dafne Schippers in Doha last weekend, left a world class 100m field in her wake at the second Diamond League meeting of 2017 when she blazed across the line in 10.78 seconds.

 “When I look back at my races I surprise myself with how fast I run,” Thompson had said the day before the race

She will certainly have a surprise in store when she reviews the tape of this race, for she stopped the clock just 0.08s outside her personal best to become the first woman this year to go under 10.80.

I made a great start and I was able to bring it home,” said the 24-year-old. “I am pleased with the time although I wasn’t that explosive from the blocks.

 From here it is all about preparing for the rest of the season and the World Championships,” added Thompson who is yet to decide if she will double up in London.

 Olympic silver medallist Tori Bowie was forced to play second fiddle again to the dominant Jamaican, the American running 11.04 with Marie-Josée Ta Lou in third.