Thompson starts with a bang

May 06, 2017
Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson exploded with a dominant 22.19 seconds win in the 200m at the Doha Diamond League meet at the Qatar Sports Club yesterday.

Thompson, the double Olympic sprint champion flew through the first phase of the race, taking control around the corner and holding off an attempt by Dafne Schippers before extending the daylight between herself and her Dutch rival in front of an appreciative crowd.

Schippers had to settle for second place with a time of 22.45 seconds with Marie Josee-Ta Lou taking third spot in 22.77.

"It was a tough race, maybe it was the wind. The time was good, and that's OK for now," said Schippers.

Jamaica's Simone Facey, 23.00, and Veronica Campbell-Brown, 23.09, finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Natoya Goule featured in only her second Diamond League test, where she finished seventh in the 800m in a time of 2:01.59 behind winner Caster Semenya (South Africa), 1:56.61 in what was the fastest time registered at the Doha Diamond League.

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