Thompson, Jamaicans denied diamond trophies

August 25, 2017
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas (left), wins the women's 200m followed by second placed Elaine Thompson of Jamaica (centre), and fourth placed Dafne Schippers of Netherlands (right) during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting in the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo)

ZURICH, Switzerland:

Elaine Thompson had to be helped off the track following her 200m defeat at the first IAAF Diamond League final at the Weltklasse Zurich meet yesterday but would later return to help the Jamaicans to their lone spark on a day when diamond trophies proved elusive for the island's stars.

Thompson, who complained about her stomach after her 22.00 second-place finish behind Bahamas' Shaunae Miller-Uibo, 21.88, was back on the track a few hours later to anchor Jamaica to a 41.85-second win in the invitational Zurich Trophy 4x100m relay event alongside Christania Williams, Jura Levy and Simone Facey.

The double Olympic champion, who struggled with similar issues during the World Championships, went into detail in explaining the issue, while noting that understanding her limitations made dealing with missing out on the 4x100m relay in London easier to deal with.

"It's never serious, whenever I run the 200m or some other events sometimes, I don't know if I hydrate too much or what, but sometimes it rides my stomach and forces me to vomit," Thompson shared.

running seventh

"It always happens. Most people don't see it, but sometimes after I come off the track I have to find a corner; not just at the World Championships, but people don't normally see it, someone saw it at the World Championships, but it happened right here (Zurich meet) last year as well."

Third place in the event went to Marie-Josee Ta Lou, in 22.09, with Facey running seventh in 22.80.

Sixteen US$50,000 cheques and diamond trophies were handed out last night - none to a Jamaican as Danielle Williams in the 100m hurdles and Kimberly Williams in the triple jump, who - like Thompson, are looking at the glass half full as well as Asafa Powell, left the Swiss city without top honours.

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