Thompson currently ranks as the fifth-fastest woman ever in the 200 metres event and tied fourth-fastest in the 100 metres...Philippe Fitte for IAAF & © Giancarlo Colombo for IAAF

Jamaica’s sprint double Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, will race over 60m in Birmingham on February 18

Thompson, who won gold in the 100m and 200m in Rio this summer, takes on one of Britain’s top sprinter Dina Asher-Smith at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.

According to a release from the organizers, Thompson was quoted as saying, “2016 was an amazing year for me and I want to carry on my form into next year, which is another really important year.

“I have good memories of this event after setting a personal best last year and hopefully in Birmingham I can challenge my PB and maybe get close to going under seven seconds.

Thompson’s 60m best is 7.04 while Asher-Smith is also joint UK 60m record-holder with her PB of 7.08 set back in 2015.

“I can’t wait for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham,” said Asher-Smith. “The race is always high quality and will be a key part of my preparations building up to the European Indoor Championships and the London 2017 World Championships. I can’t wait to see everyone there.

Thompson added: “I love competing in the UK, this is one of the best events in the world and the fans are always amazing.”

Asher-Smith, however, will be at home. “Being able to compete at home in front of such a warm and knowledgeable crowd in Birmingham is always special for me and I know that it will be amazing this year.”


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