Thompson clocks sizzling 10.71 in Kingston wind
By Kayon Raynor
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Elaine Thompson clocked a sizzling wind-assisted 10.71 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Jamaica International on Saturday, sending out a warning to her sprint rivals ahead of August's Rio Olympics.
The Jamaican got off to a blistering start with English Gardner before pulling away from her rival in the last 40 meters to win by 14 hundredths of a seconds.
American Gardner was second in 10.85 with the fast-finishing Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago third in 10.98, both also aided by an illegal wind of +2.4 meters per seconds.
Thompson, who last summer logged 21.66 -- the fifth fastest 200m of all time -- to take silver at the Beijing world championships, told Reuters things were coming together nicely for what she hoped would be a twin sprint assault in Rio.
"It's a stepping stone, so I'm taking it one step at a time. Each race that I run I'll see what I can correct with my coach and see what I have to do next," Thompson said. "I've been training really hard this year so I just went out there to execute and that's what I did and I came out victorious."
Thompson, third in the 60m at the world indoors in March, would have become the second fastest Jamaican woman behind reigning Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.70) had it not been for the wind.
"My start isn't the best, but I’m working on it and I’ve been getting better," the 23-year-old said.
There was also local success in the men's blue riband sprint when Kemar Bailey-Cole, who withdrew from last year's world championships with a hamstring injury, recovered from a poor start to edge American Mike Rodgers by two hundredths of a second in 10.01. Continued...