Elaine wins, mixed bag for Jamaicans in Birmingham
After a poor display in the recent World Championships double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson returned to the top on a day of mixed fortunes for Jamaican athletes at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Birmingham, yesterday.
Thompson won the women's 100 metres in 10.93 seconds, which went some way to making up for her set back in London where she finished fourth.
Jura Levy, who was part of the quartet that won a bronze medal in the 4x100m in London, was third in 11.08 secs. Christania Williams, Natasha Morrison and Schillonie Calvert-Powell all failed to make the final.
Thompson is six points ahead of Ivorian Marie- Josee Ta Lou (who came second here) in the overall Diamond League standings.
“It was my first race after the World Championships. I just have to let things pass and move on and finish the season,” she told STAR Sports.
Kimberley Williams pulled out a big jump in the triple jump (14.44m) and finished in second place behind World Championships silver medallist Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia.
Jamaica's Shanieka Thomas-Ricketts finished in sixth place with a distance of 14.00m.
Williams is now on 24 points in the standings, seven behind Ibarguen.
In a very tough 400m which involved all the medallists from London 2017, the Jamaicans found the race a bit tough as Novlene Williams-Mills, Shericka Jackson and Chrisann Gordon finished in fifth, sixth and seventh positions, respectively. Williams-Mills clocked 51.62 seconds while both Jackson and Gordon were given the same time of 52.08 seconds.
Former World Junior Champion, Janieve Russell who did not qualify for the World Championships, finished third in the 400m hurdles in 54.67 seconds.
“I wanted to do a faster time but it didn’t come today,” she told STAR Sports.
“I have been very consistent. I have been running 54 seconds all season. I did not make the World Championship team so I came here to run a faster time.”