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Olympic Games sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has withdrawn from Friday’s (3 Sept) Brussels Diamond League as a precaution.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