KINGSTON, Jamaica (June 24) — Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah is set to make her return to the track with great anticipation as she competes in a 100-meter race at the upcoming JAAA All Comers Meet and the JAAA Quest for Budapest series. This will be her first participation in the event this year, with the meeting scheduled to take place at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday, June 24.
Thompson-Herah’s most recent appearance was at the 2023 Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville, Florida, on April 14, where she secured a second-place finish in the 200m race, clocking in at 23.23 seconds. This weekend’s race will provide the 30-year-old athlete with an opportunity to assess her fitness levels ahead of the highly anticipated Jamaica National Championships, which will be held next month.
Renowned for her incredible achievements as the Olympic double-double sprint champion, having won gold medals in both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021 Games, Thompson-Herah holds an impressive personal best of 10.54 seconds in the 100m event.
However, the seasoned sprinter has faced numerous obstacles this season due to persistent injuries, which have inevitably impacted her training, form, and performance. ALSO READ: Elaine Thompson-Herah wins Women’s 60m at Karsten Warholm Invitational
Nevertheless, Thompson-Herah remains resolute in her determination to represent the Jamaican sprint team at the world championships in Budapest later this summer. ALSO READ: Elaine Thompson-Herah opens 2023 with a solid performance at National Stadium
A strong performance this weekend would undoubtedly provide a significant confidence boost for the accomplished sprinter, signaling her readiness to once again compete at the highest level.
Throughout the previous season, Thompson-Herah demonstrated immense resilience and determination in overcoming her injuries. Despite the setbacks, she managed to secure a bronze medal in the 100m event at the world championships in Oregon.
It is worth noting that Thompson-Herah’s achievement was part of a remarkable Jamaican sweep, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claiming the gold medal and Shericka Jackson capturing the silver medal.