Elaine Thompson disappointed in Doha 2019
Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson is hoping to bury the ghost of Doha 2019 and return stronger for Toyko 202.

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DOHA, Qatar – Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson is hoping to bury the ghost of Doha 2019 and return stronger for Tokyo 2020.

Thompson ran 10.93s for fourth in the women’s 100m and later pulled out of the 200m semi-finals. She will also miss the women’s 4x100m relay.

“This is not the end I had hoped for after all the hard work and my long preparation this season,” she wrote on her social media page.

“I just have to mentally put this World Championships behind me and focus on my health and recovery,” continued the Rio 2016 Olympic 100m and 200m champion.

“I want to thank all of Jamaica for the love and encouragement, and I just have to look forward now to the 2020 season,” concluded her statement.

After her 100m final, Thompson said: “I felt great during the warm-up, but when I went out there, the body wasn’t firing.”

Asked about the problem she had with her Achilles tendon over the years, Thompson was quick to say she won’t blame her fourth-place finish on that.
“It was acting up before I came here, but I didn’t put it on my brain.

However, her coach Stephen Francis told journalists that its not the “Achilles” that ruled her out.
“Her Achilles gets tight because of something else elsewhere. She has tight muscles elsewhere on her body, which pulls on her tendons.”

“It started sometime during the 100m semi-finals, and she tried to go yesterday (Monday). It got a little worse today (Tuesday). She warmed up and couldn’t go.

Francis said they will now have to “turn our attention to trying and seeing if we can get it fixed.”

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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.