Elaine Thompson in 200m at Jamaica Trials 2019
Elaine Thompson in 200m at Jamaica Trials 2019

Jamaica’s Olympic Games sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah is down to make her 2020 Diamond League debut on Thursday (16 Sept).

Thompson, the Rio 2016 100m and 200m winner, is expected to make light work of the women’s 100m field in Rome, Italy.

She is the only sub-11 second competitor in the field with a 10.88 season’s best. Ajla Del Ponte arrives fresh from another win in Bellinzona.

Also debuting in Europe this season is Jamaican Julian Forte. He will face the starter in the men’s 100m.

The men’s 100m line-up is headed by Akani Simbine and Filippo Tortu, who finished first with 10.02 and second 10.07 respectively in Bellinzona on Tuesday.

American Mike Rodgers, who is also fresh from a victory in Zagreb, and Arthur Cisse, who won in Ostrava and Berlin, are also in the field.

In the 100m hurdles, World leader Nadine Visser has only lost once this season, but she will be challenged by Cyrena Samba-Mayela who recently won the French title in 12.73.

Italian youngster Edoardo Scotti is marginally the fastest on paper with a 45.48 season’s best, but Dutch Jochem Dobber is expected to make a race of the men’s 400m.

In the 110m hurdles, the fastest men on paper this season are Andrew Pozzi (13.14) and Wilhem Belocian (13.18), the latter a winner in Zagreb on Tuesday.

The 400m hurdles will see Karsten Warholm against the clock for the fifth time this year. Will he improve on his 47.08 clocking from the ISTAF in Berlin on Sunday?

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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.