LONDON — Olympic champion Elaine Thompson will run from semi-final heat 2 of the women’s 100 metres at the 2017 IAAF World Championships here in London, Sunday evening.
Thompson, who looked very comfortable when winning her first round race on Saturday, will run from lane four and she is expected to be in the top two automatic qualifiers.
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After Usain Bolt fell short on the men’s side, all eyes will be on his fellow countrywoman to see if she can deliver again under pressure.
Thompson, who ran 11.05 seconds in the pouring rain on Saturday, has the two fastest times in the world this season and is the only women to have gone under the 10.8secs barriers with her performances of 10.71 and 10.78.
The 25-year-old has already recorded six times under 10-seconds this term – and based on her early season form – she looks like the woman to beat here in London.
In Sunday’s semi-final heat, Thompson will line up against Brazil’s Rosangela Santos, Ariana Washington of the United States, as well as Britain’s Desiree Henry and Canadian Crystal Emmanuel.
Dafne Schippers, the bitter rival of Thompson, will go in the first semi-final heat.
The Dutch sprinter will again line up alongside Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who outpaced her in their first round battle on Saturday.
Making the race even more interesting is the addition of American Deajah Stevens, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Britain’s Daryll Neita and Jamaicans Jura Levy and Simone Facey.
The third and final semi-final heat will feature the Olympic silver medallist — Tori Bowie from the United States.
Bowie was a well-relaxed heat winner on Saturday and she will be determined to advance to the dance as she seeks to improve on the bronze medal she won in 2015.
The American will line up in the toughest of the three semis, which means she will need to be at her best to navigate past championships campaigners Murielle Ahouré of the Ivory Coast and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare.
Germany’s 20-year-old sprinter Gina Lückenkemper, who posted a personal best time of 10.95 secs to beat Ahouré in the heats on Saturday, will also be very dangerous, along with T&T’s Michelle-Lee Ahye and Jamaica’s Natasha Morrison.
The semi-finals of the women’s 100m will start at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, with the final set for later on in the evening at 4:50 p.m.
Meanwhile, also on the list of events on the schedule for the second session at the 2017 IAAF World Championships are the men’s 400m semi-finals at 2:40 p.m., the men’s 110m hurdles and 800m run semi-finals, as well as the men’s Shot Put final, the women’s Pole Vault final and the conclusion of the Heptathlon.