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)

Five-time Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has withdrawn from the Muller Birmingham Diamond League meeting.

In a media release, Andi Sports Management said: “The decision not to travel to Birmingham was taken out of an abundance of caution after she experienced some discomfort in training.

“Mrs. Thompson-Herah looks forward to resuming her competition schedule in short order,” the release concluded.

Elaine Thompson-Herah sets 10.89 world lead

Thompson-Herah, Jamaica’s national record holder over 100m and 200m and the second-fastest woman alive, was listed as the headliner for a stacked women’s 100m at the Birmingham Diamond League on Saturday, 21 May.

She was down to face fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson, world and European champion Dina Asher-Smith and Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabrielle Thomas.

Prominent others are Olympic relay bronze medallist Daryll Neita, Swiss national record holder, European indoor 60m champion Ajla Del Ponte, and Cambrea Sturgis (USA), the reigning NCAA champion over 100m and 200m and current world leader.

Yohan Blake, the second-fastest man ever at 200m with 19.26, against Olympic 200m champion Andre De Grasse, a multiple Olympic and world medallist, headline a men’s 100m field.

Former world indoor champion Trayvon Bromell, the 2015 World Championships bronze medallist, and Blake’s former training partner Zharnel Hughes have also entered the event.

Olympic 110m hurdles champion Hansle Parchment (JAM) and former Olympic champion Omar McLeod (JAM) headline the men’s 110m hurdles field, which includes former world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi (GBR).
Jamaican Rasheed Broadbell is also in the event.

Janieve Russell and Ronda Whyte are in the women’s 400m hurdles, including Dalilah Muhammad.

Christopher Taylor is down to contest the men’s 400m.

Natoya Goule will start in the women’s 800m.

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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.


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