By Joan Arries-Tagoe
2016 Summer Olympics double gold medallist – Elaine Thompson-Herah continued her comeback victories, winning the women’s 100m race at the Velocity Fest meeting on Saturday in Jamaica.
Thompson-Herah, the second female athlete to win double sprint gold in the history of the Olympic Games had a comfortable win [11.19] sec, finishing ahead of Sashalee Forbes [11.49] sec and Srabani Nanda [11.78] sec.
Thompson made her international breakthrough in 2015, becoming Jamaican intercollegiate champion in March and broke 11 seconds for the first time at the UTech Classic on 11 April, running a world-leading 10.92 seconds.
She then ran an unbelievable time of 10.97 seconds to beat Blessing Okagbare and Allyson Felix at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston.
The Velocity Fest meet was the second for Thompson Herah since she pulled out of the women’s 200m semifinals at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha due to Achilles issues.
Thompson [28yrs] currently ranks as the fifth-fastest woman in the 200 metres event and tied fourth-fastest in the 100 metres.