by Paul A Reid (Jamaica Observer) After withdrawing from last weekend’s Birmingham Diamond League meeting, Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah will take on a strong field in the women’s 100m at today’s Prefontaine Classic track meet at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Thompson-Herah will be returning to the meet during which she ran a national record 10.54 seconds on August 21 last year, and while the circumstances might be a little different this time around the line-up promises a lot of fireworks on the same track that will host the World Athletics World Championships in under two months’ time.
Eight Jamaicans, including Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who will contest the 200m, are listed to compete in the meet which started yesterday. It promises a feast for fans, with several high-profile competitions both on the track and in the field.
Last year Thompson-Herah was coming off her brilliant triple gold medal performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games and was on a roll, and while she did not travel to Birmingham, United Kingdom last week, she showed up at the National Stadium in Jamaica where she ran 10.95 seconds in the final, running three races in just under three hours.