Elaine Thompson-Herah into the Tokyo 2020 women's 200m final
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 02: Elaine Thompson-Herah of Team Jamaica looks on after competing in the Women's 200 metres Semi Final on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 02, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Olympic Games sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has withdrawn from Friday’s (3 Sept) Brussels Diamond League as a precaution.

She was down to face Sha’Carri Richardson and Shericka Jackson in the women’s 200m. However, a well-placed source said a health decision was taken to pull her from the event.

“There is no plan to run her in anymore 200m this season,” the source close to her group told Trackalerts.com. The decision, according to our source, “is to protect her Achilles.”

“You would have realized she hasn’t run any 200m after the Olympic Games, and that is the reason, not to pressure her Achilles on the curve,” the source said.

The race is now between Jackson, Richardson and world champion Dina Asher-Smith.

In her last outing, Asher-Smith ran 22.19 (+2.4m/s wind) for third at the Prefontaine Classic on 21 Aug, 2021.

Jackson has not run a 200m race since her exit in the first round at the Tokyo 2020 games.

Richardson missed the Olympic Games because of a ban. She was humiliated over 100m at Prefontaine on her return.

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  1. This atticle is very much biased , am soo disapointed in the author, highlighting the 3 and leaving out even mboma who was a silver medalist on the olympics, 🤮

  2. She has done all she can this season. NOTHING to prove to ANYBODY. ThAnk God she is injury Free. Time to rest and recover iN preparation for next year.

  3. You need some good rest and family’s time you deserve GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS FOR ME CAROL
    CAROL UK 🙋‍♀️❤🙏🇯🇲

  4. Great move my queen. Nothing to prove to anyone. Love and blessings be multiplied to you. #HISGLORY
    Thanks to your husband who have always supported you when many Jamaicans didn’t. We owe you a debt of gratitude Derron Herah 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲❤️❤️❤️🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  5. Congratulations my grandma grandpa and my mom name sake and fellow Jamaican,get your rest hon and make sure you drink lots of coconut water,and let grandma make you some good corn meal porridge with lots of coconut milk🌴🙏 🥥 🙏🥛🙏🇯🇲🙏🇺🇸🙏

  6. Brilliant ,Intelligent ,intellectual Move. I can definitely see that u have people who r looking out for u in ur corner. Stay healthy and safe. Thanks!

  7. This reporter is useless! Who is Sha’Carri Richardson? She has zero to her name, at least mention the likes of Christine Mboma!

  8. Smart choice you’ve done enough already this year. World Championship next year. Jamaicans all over the world are proud of you

  9. Jackson and Richardson only Admin you seem to forget that Mboma is also running remember the 18 year old who got a silver in the Olympics.

  10. Smart move – at this point- we know the deal! The only person you need to prove anything too, is yourself. Rest up…the records will be there for you to break. ❤👍🏾🙏🏾JS 😎

  11. Degrass from Canada did want a gold so bad he wanted was to beat Bolt, he just got one after Bolt retired so many years.

  12. Great move .. get some well deserved rest… and be ready to break that record…. It’s about time for it to go..

  13. Same way, rest your body. Anyone who had plans with their unfit self (mentally) can stay there waiting. You have a mission to accomplish and can do so well rested.

  14. There is no plan to run her in anymore 200m this season,” the source close to her group told Trackalerts.com. The decision, according to our source, “is to protect her Achilles.”…. What they feel this is boy! They running ah horse….is ah human!! There’s no plan to run her!! Wat d hell! Is how they said it 😳

  15. Your health is very important Elaine Thompson BELIEVING in yourself stay focused and be healthy is important YOU JAMMINATES my dear Jamaica land we love is so proud of you.

  16. Take that break Humble Queen Elaine, you did an excellent job out there. Do you ,get some rest. Love you girl. Just remember that everyone laugh in your face is not your friend. Don’t follow hype zone, stay in you lane and be humble same way.

  17. She’s said she was tired after winning the 100 at the Olympics.
    She said didn’t sleep after she won. because she had the 200 the next day & the travel has gotten to her…Let her rest, but the Jamaican fans want her to break Flo’s 100 record so bad

  18. Great choice . I’m so happy you make this choice. You are top class and on top , you are uptop boss and you not suppose to be running with some disrespectful gal anymore wah a run her mouth like when she have diarrhea. You have nothing more to prove in a race with her for 2021. Mi can’t wait fi tomorrow fi mi funny girl shareika run weh left some gal in her panty. 😂😂😂 you guys are our queens and we respect all of you and we here supporting you with whatever decisions you all make. Go Elaine you rock.✌🏿

  19. So glad she is using wisdom and doing the right thing. She has nothing to prove to ANYONE by jeopardizing her health. Rest Queen. Rise up Shericka!

  20. Right decision. Running the curve in the 200m puts a lot of pressure on the ankle and achilles tendons. She’s gone through that before would have been foolhardy to risk another injury like it again.

  21. Best decision Elaine and team no need to get hurt now you got those medals you trained for get some rest queen 👑🏆🏆♥️♥️

  22. Good choice. World champs next year – medals and records to grab. She’s had one of the most stellar seasons in track history. This is a good time to shut it down.


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