Elaine Thomson

Rio Olympics sprint double champion, Elaine Thompson, was a third place finisher in the women’s 400m at the GC Foster Classic on Saturday (11 March).

Thompson, who was running her first 400m, seemed to weaken in the last 100m as she crossed the line in 56.03secs.

Former Edwin Allen student, Shannon Kalawan, now at University of Technology, led from the start to take event in 54.24.

Shevonne Dixon of GC Foster Striders, who overtook Thompson in the straight, finished second in 55.56.

Meanwhile, in the invitational 400m event, Dawnalee Loney topped that field in 52.36 ahead of Verone Chambers of Sprintec, 52.40. Ristananna Tracey, also of Sprintec, 52.77 and World Junior champion Tiffany James of Mico, 53.01, were third and fourth respectively.

Javon Francis of Akan, with his usual running style of leaving it for the homestretch, won the men’s invitational event in 45.94. Peter Matthews, Francis’ training partner, was second in 46.58.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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