by Paul A Reid (Jamaica Observer) Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah was second in her season-opening 200m race in 23.23 seconds (1.8m/s) at the Tom Jones Memorial at the Percy Beard field at the University of Florida on Friday.
Thompson-Herah, who won the Commonwealth Games 200m in Birmingham last year, finished behind American Melissa Jefferson (23.02 seconds) in the first of two sections of the women’s 200m Olympic Development race.
Jamaica’s other representative, Junelle Bromfield, was seventh overall in 23.72 seconds.
Nigel Ellis was fourth in the men’s 200m in 21.01 seconds (-1.2m/s) as American Noah Lyles won with 20.16 seconds.
A number of other Jamaicans are down to compete in other Olympic Development events on Saturday as Kiara Grant contests the women’s 100m; Julian Forte, Ryiem Forde, Nigel Ellis and Sachin Dennis will contest the men’s 100m; Crystal Morrison, Danielle Williams and Kerrica Hill will contest the women’s 100m hurdles; Commonwealth Games champion Rasheed Broadbell will contest the 110m hurdles.
Brittany Brown, Bromfield, Stacey-Ann Williams, Andrenette Knight and Natoya Goule will contest the women’s 400m, while Javon Francis, Akeem Bloomfield, Jaheel Hyde, Chavannie Hanson and Rajay Hamilton will contest the men’s 400m.