Olympic Games sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has pulled out of another 100m showdown, this time Friday’s (28 May) Doha Diamond League meeting.
Last week, organizers announced Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sha’Carri Richardson, and Marie-Josee Ta Lou will face-off in the women’s 100m.
However, when the entry list came out on Monday (24 May), Thompson-Herah’s name was missing. Thompson-Herah also withdrew days before last Sunday’s (23 May) clash in Gateshead. She would have faced Richardson, Dina Asher-Smith and Fraser-Pryce.
Thompson-Herah, who won the Rio 2016 100m and 200m titles, is the second-fastest woman in the world this year with 10.78 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce, the Doha 2019 world champion, ran the 100m for the first time in Gateshead, where she finished fourth in 11.51.
Richardson lost the clash in Gateshead to Great Britain’s Asher-Smith, 11.33 to 11.44 in the pouring rain. She has already switched her focus to Doha.
“I am definitely looking forward to some sunshine next week in Doha,” Richardson said.
Richardson, who was losing for the first time since the USA Trials in 2019, has dominated the year with 10.72, 10.74 and 10.77.
Richardson’s 10.72 makes her the 6th best all-time world performer and No. 4 on the all-time U.S. performer list. Only world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner, Carmelita Jeter and Marion Jones have ever run faster as Americans.
Jamaicans Fraser-Pryce and Thompson Herah, both with 10.70, are the only two non-American to run fastest than 10.72.
See the 100m Women ENTRY LIST BELOW:
AHOURÉ, Murielle 11.44 10.78
CUNLIFFE, Hannah 11.07 10.99
DEL PONTE, Ajla 11.81 11.08
FRASER-PRYCE, Shelly-Ann 11.51 10.70
OKAGBARE, Blessing 10.97 10.79
OLIVER, Javianne 10.97 10.97
RICHARDSON, Sha’Carri 10.72 10.72
TA LOU, Marie-Josée 11.48 10.85