Thompson pleased with 60m win

January 29, 2018
Elaine Thompson, winner of the Queen's/Grace Jackson women's 60 metres at the National Stadium on Saturday evening.

Olympic Games sprint double champion Elaine Thompson was satisfied with Saturday's season-opening 60m assignment at the Queen's/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium.

Thompson got her 2018 campaign off to a positive start by capturing the event in 7.18 seconds as she prepares to compete at the World Indoor Championships in March in Birmingham, England.

The star sprinter was made to work for her win with her MVP Track Club teammate Christania Williams getting second in 7.19 seconds, with Sashalee Forbes of Sprintec finishing third in 7.28 seconds.

"It was a good win for me," said Thompson, who shared that the absence of a major global outdoor championships in 2018 has not affected her approach.

"My preparation is just like any other year despite no major championships taking place this year, and I am just happy to finish (this race) injury-free", said Thompson, who will also compete indoors in Glasgow on February 25.




Many-time national 100 metres champion Asafa Powell did not get the result he expected in the men's equivalent with his MVP teammate Kavean Smith stealing the show in 6.69 seconds for the overall win. Ramon Barnwell took second in 6.70 seconds with third going to Ojamu Graham in 6.71 seconds. Powell, who finished third in his heat in 6.73 seconds, ended up joint seventh overall with Andrew Fisher representing Elite International.

Undoubtedly, one of the most impressive performance among the seniors came from Zharnel Hughes out of Racers Track Club. Hughes clocked a fast 20.28 seconds to win the men' s 200. Javon Francis of Akan Track Club, who won his heat, finished second overall in 20.52 seconds with Demish Gaye taking third in 20.75 seconds. Yohan Blake won his heat in 20.95 seconds to finish fourth overall.

Sprintec's Anastasia Le-Roy looked good in taking top honours among the females in the half lap event in 23.33 seconds. Teammates at MVP, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 23.49 seconds, and Janieve Russell, 23.55 seconds, finished second and third, respectively.

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