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FILE PHOTO: Elaine Thompson-Herah into the final of the women's 100m at the Commonwealth Games 2022

Olympic sprint double-double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has identified herself as the G.O.A.T of female sprinting and promised that more achievements are to come.

Who is Elaine Thompson-Herah?

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Elaine Thompson-Herah made history as the first woman to successfully defend her sprint double title, having previously won it at the Rio 2016 games. She also helped Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m relay in Tokyo and silver in Rio 2016.

In Tokyo, Thompson-Herah delivered a spectacular performance in the women’s 200 metres final, achieving a personal best of 21.53. This effort surpassed Merlene Ottey’s national record of 21.64 seconds, a record that had stood for thirty years. However, Shericka Jackson broke this record a year later with a time of 21.45 to claim gold at the World Championships in Eugene 2022.

“I truly believe I am the greatest female sprinter of all time,” Elaine Thompson-Herah shared with journalists on Friday in Budapest 23, where she will represent Jamaica in the women’s 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships.

Thompson-Herah finished fifth at the Jamaica Trials, thus securing her spot solely on the relay team. History indicates that Thompson-Herah’s most notable seasons have coincided with Olympic Games years. After her breakthrough year in Beijing 2015, where she won silver in the women’s 200m, Thompson-Herah’s only other individual medal—a bronze—came in Eugene 2022.

She has grappled with an Achilles tendon injury for the past five years. Amidst this challenge and a coaching change, Thompson-Herah remarked, “I am just working on myself and aiming for a comeback.”

“I have a feeling that something significant and even better is on the way,” she expressed. “I’m choosing to be patient and wait for whatever God has planned for me, especially after a season that was truly challenging.”

Thompson-Herah admitted there are moments she contemplates giving up, but she confidently added, “I’m stronger than that. I give myself the space to cry and release my emotions, but I’m alright now.”

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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.