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Is Elaine Thompson Favored To Win the Sprint Double At The World Championships?

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All the eyes of the sporting world are currently turned towards the IAAF World Championships that is going to be held in London from August 4 to August 13. Some of the top athletes from around the world are going to descend at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and try and leave their mark on the world stage. This world meet is however of significant importance as it may probably be the last competitive sprint of racing legend Usain Bolt. Hence, it has attracted global attention.

But Bolt is not the only big draw at the 2017 world championships. There is also widespread curiosity about whether or not Elaine Thompson, the double Olympic champion from Jamaica, will win and repeat the sprint double.

Elaine Thompson’s Attempt At The Double

The sprint queen from Jamaica had completed a 100 meters and 200 meters sprint double at the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Jeneiro. She thus became the first woman since Florence Griffiths-Joyner to achieve this unique feat of a sprint double. Griffiths-Joyner had won a sprint double at the Seoul Olympic Games way back in 1988.

Thompson is currently leading the world in the 100 m women’s sprint with a time of 10.71 seconds. She is busy fine tuning her game for the world championships in London where she will begin as a hot favorite.

Thompson’s coach Stephen Francis has however stated that Jamaica’s sprint queen will not be racing in the 200 meters sprint at the London track and field world meet to be held next month.

Thus, Elaine will not be attempting the sprint double. She will only be competing in the 100 m sprint and the 4×100 m women’s relay. At the Jamaica Championships that were held in Kingston over the past weekend, Thompson entered only in the 100 meters sprint. She won it quite easily with a time of 10.71, which is only .01 off her national record with she shares with another.

Elaine’s coach clarified that there was never any intention for Thompson to try for the double at the 2017 London world championships. This fact had been repeated many times over during 2016. It has also been repeatedly stated by Elaine’s camp over the last year that the double Olympic champion will not try for a double at any major championships before 2020 Tokyo.

Thompson has continued her tune up and preparations for the world meet in London. Last Sunday at the Rabat Diamond League meet, she won the 100 meter race in 10.87 seconds which is a meeting record. She was all smiles after the win and looking forward to London.

Thompson now owns the 2 fastest times in the world for the 100 meter women’s sprint thus year. Murielle Ahoure from Cote d’Ivoire is the second-ranked sprinter who has run the 100 meters in 10.83 seconds.

Elaine is also the owner of 3 of the top 8 fastest times for 200 meters race this year. This is one the main reasons why many are puzzled about why she did not run the 200 meters sprint at the Jamaican Championships, and why she is not competing for a double at the 2017 London World Championships.

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