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Stephen Francis, one of the world’s most respected coaches and the man in charge of Elaine Thompson’s career, said he is happy with the athlete’s performance at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 27, 2017.

Double Olympic sprint champion Thompson, hitherto ran unmatched over 100m and 200m before losing to Tori Bowie and Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the latter event.

“I didn’t expect her to run well, but those are for reasons other than her not being 100 per cent….As far as I know, she is 100 per cent,” said Francis on local TV.

In the race, which included the big five, Thompson, Bowie, Miller-Uibo, Allyson Felix and Dafne Schippers, three dipped under 22 seconds.

Bowie ran 21.77 to finish ahead of her training partner Miller-Uibo, 21.91, a Bahamian record, and Thompson 21.98.
Schippers was fourth in 20.30 and Felix, fifth in 22.37.

“It’s just another race,” Francis said. “She was third last year in this particular race, I think she lost to Bowie by point-2 last year and she lost again by point-2 again this year … Come the Olympic she beat Bowie by about point-5, so it’s nothing for me to be worried about and I know she is not worried,” added Francis.

Francis also touched on the track known to produce very fast times.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to take the meet seriously when you know she is running on a track where times cannot be believed. So I suspect that was part of the problem. She’s trying out different strategies in running the 200m, she was almost last coming off the turn, I think she did well to close,” according to the MVP coach.

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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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