Elaine Thompson Herah takes sprint double in Florida

Elaine Thompson Herah takes sprint double in Florida

MONTEGO BAY,  June 6, 2021 - JAMAICA's double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah yesterday  Thompson Herah won the 100m in 10.87 seconds (1.2m/s) and returned later to win the 200m in a season's best 22.54 seconds (1.2m/s) as she continued her preparation for the defence of her titles at the Jamaica Athletics Association (JAAA) National Championship  in two weeks.

Thompson Herah took the double at yesterday's inaugural North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) New Life Invitational, a World Athletics Continental Tour - Silver Level at Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida. Thompson Herah ran her first wind-legal 200m of the season, holding off a strong field.

American Tianna Bartoletta was second in 10.96 seconds while Veronica Campbell Brown also clocked a season's best 11.20 seconds in the final.

Jamaica's under-20 sensation Briana Williams lowered her national junior record for the third time in a one-week  as she ran 10.97 seconds (1.2m/s) for third place in the women's 100m.

Williams, who had run 11.01 seconds last Sunday and 9.98 seconds a day later in Jacksonville, Florida, takes over as fourth best of all times in the women's Under-20 by herself, passing American Candace Hill with whom she had tied for fourth place earlier.

Also winning yesterday were were members of a Jamaican men's 4x100m team: Tyquendo Tracey, Nigel Ellis, Yohan Blake and Oshane Bailey who ran 39.22 seconds to win the men's 4x100m relay.

Fredric Dacres, who is coming off an injury that restricted him competing, threw a season's best 66.01m for second in the men's discus throw while his training partner Kai Chang had a personal best 63.33m for third as Samoan Alex Rose won with 67.12m, the sixth best in the world so far.


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