Kishane Thompson, once an unheralded figure in track and field, made everyone take notice at the Jamaica Trials in July, clocking an astonishing 9.91 seconds in the 100m heats. He opted out of the semi-finals, a decision later clarified by his coach Stephen Francis, who said Thompson would focus solely on selected races, forgoing the usual championship rounds.

This strategy is part of a larger plan to rebuild his career after injuries disrupted his momentum.

Fast forward to the recent Ximan Diamond League meet in China, a week ago, Kishane Thompson outdid himself by setting a new personal best of 9.85 seconds, although he finished second to Christian Coleman’s 9.83 seconds.

Kishane Thompson SAYS…

When asked about his performance, Kishane Thompson expressed mixed feelings. “Honestly it was a bit frustrating in a sense, because I have not been competing as much,” he revealed. “So my races are feeling a bit off; they are not put together. I know I have speed, but the execution is a bit off for me.”

This new record positions Kishane Thompson as the fastest Jamaican sprinter this year, outpacing World Athletics Championships finalist Oblique Seville. Despite the accolade, Thompson seemed far from content with his timing at the Diamond League meet. “I am all right with the time; it could be a bit better,” he stated.

Thompson’s comments signal a relentless pursuit of excellence, suggesting that while he may have achieved a personal best, the sprinter believes his ultimate capabilities have yet to be realized. With this mindset, Kishane Thompson is likely to be a competitor to watch in future competitions, as he strives to push the boundaries of his own limits.

In other track and field updates, some of the most popular upcoming Upcoming Athletics Events are –

Tallinn Marathon (9 Sept)

Great North Run (10 Sept)

Eugene Diamond League (16-17 Sept)

Copenhagen Half Marathon (17 Sept)

Berlin Marathon (24 Sept)

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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.