Elaine Thompson leads women's 100m field at Jamaica Invitational
Elaine Thompson leads women's 100m field at Jamaica Invitational

Olympic Games sprint double champion Elaine Thompson produced a world-leading to win the women’s 100m at Thursday’s Rome Diamond League. She stopped the clock in 10.89 to beat Britain’s fast-starting Dina Asher-Smith, who was timed in 10.94s.

American Aleia Hobbs, who won in Shanghai, finished third in 11.12 seconds.

In the men’s 400 meter hurdles, American Rai Benjamin set a season-best of 47.59. Compatriot David Kendziera was second in 48.99.
“My technique was good until the ninth and tenth hurdle,” said Benjamin. “But I’m happy that I progressed from Shanghai.”

In the women’s 400 meter hurdles, won by Delilah Muhammad, 53.67, Jamaican Janieve Russell finished fifth in 55.42.

In the barrier-less one-lap race, Jamaicans Sherika Jackson and Stephanie McPherson ran 51.05 and 51.39 respectively to finish 2nd and 3rd behind a soaring Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain, who ran a season-best at 50.26s.
“It was a hard race,” said Naser. “I was not expecting to run so fast because the season just go started.”

The men’s 200m and 800m races also produced world-leading times.
Michael Norman edged fellow American Noah Lyles 19.70 to 19.74.

“I’m really happy with the time,” said Norman. “There was a good flow, it was amazing. I didn’t have any expectations coming into this race. I just want to improve myself and not chase a time.

American Donavan Braizer edged out Botswanan Nigel Amos 1:43.63 to 1:43.65 in the two-lapper.

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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.