KINGSTON (June 24) — Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah made a triumphant return to the track, winning the women’s 100m race at the JAAA All Comers meeting held at the Ashenheim Stadium on the campus of Jamaica College in Kingston on Saturday night (24).
Thompson-Herah, who had not competed since April 14, faced a slow start but quickly shifted into a higher gear, leaving her competitors behind in the final meters and securing a well-earned victory in 11.24 seconds. This was her first 100m race in 2023.
Coming in second place was Jodean Williams from the Racers Track Club, clocking in at 11.38 seconds.
After battling injuries in recent months, Thompson-Herah would have been happy to return to competition as she continues her preparations for the upcoming Jamaica National Championships in a couple of weeks.
The 30-year-old five-time Olympic champion has already achieved incredible success, winning both the 100m and 200m sprint double at the 2016 Rio Olympics and repeating the feat at the 2021 Tokyo Games.
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What happened to Thompson-Herah?
Elaine Thompson-Herah has been struggling with injuries this season that has not only affected her training preparations and competitiveness, but she hinted that she even thought about quitting the sport.
Why is Elaine Thompson-Herah not running?
Elaine Thompson-Herah competed early in the season, but several injury setbacks has forced the Jamaican sprinter to take a step back to receive treatments. She recently returned with an 11.24secs 100m performance at the JAAA All-Comers Quest to Budapest meeting on June 24, 2023.
How fast is Elaine Thompson-Herah?
Elaine Thompson-Herah Herah is the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021 Olympic 100m and 200m champion. Her fastest times are 10.54 seconds for the 100m and 21.53 seconds for the 200m.