Elaine Thompson at World Relays 2019
FILE PHOTO: Elaine Thompson-Herah is the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 22 100m champion

Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah expressed her gratitude and relief at being able to race on the Wanda Diamond League circuit.

She raced fairly regularly in low-key competitions in Kingston throughout July and August and then made it to Rome last week, where she won the 100m in a world-leading 10.85.

“I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to race in Rome and Doha,” she said. “I’d raced a few times in Jamaica but the level and intensity of competition wasn’t the same.

“I was a little bit surprised with my run in Rome because I hadn’t raced for a few weeks, but I knew I was capable of running fast because I’d put in the work.”

Although 2020 has been an unusual year in many ways, Thompson-Herah says her racing and training experiences haven’t changed too much.

“As a sprinter, you have to learn to block everything else out anyway, so I’ve got used to racing in a stadium without any fans,” she said. “Nothing much has changed with my training. My coach is a genius, though, so I just do what he tells me to do.”

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