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Get ready for a new Jamaican sprint star Elaine Thompson

Another Jamaican sprint star is on the rise in the competitive track and field arena. Born June 28, 1992, Elaine Thompson hails from Manchester, Jamaica. The young sensation represented Manchester High School at the largest high school track and field meet in the world, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association(ISSA) ‘Boys and Girls Championships’ held at Jamaica’s National Stadium.

The young sensation represented Manchester High School at the largest high school track and field meet in the world, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association(ISSA) ‘Boys and Girls Championships’ held at Jamaica’s National Stadium.

Jamaican sprint star, Elaine Thompson
Jamaican sprint star, Elaine Thompson

Thompson’s progression over time steadily grew to greater heights, thanks to her coaches at all levels who believed in her and had an insight that she can make a sterling contribution to the sport.

The soon to be 23-year-old made a statement in 2013 after she clocked 11.41 in the Women’s 100m race at the National Stadium, then lowered that time to 11.17 in 2014.

Thompson rose to prominence locally when set a then World Leading time and new personal best of 10.92 seconds at the University of Technology Track Classic at Jamaica’s National Stadium winning the 100m in April.

Elaine Thompson continued her World Leading performance at the Jamaica International Invitational Track and Field Meet as she dominated the Women’s 100m, beating Nigerian and Commonwealth champion Blessing Okagbare and Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix of the USA in a winning time of 10.97.

Elaine Thompson ran a blistering 10.84 to finish second behind America’s English GARDNER in the 100m at the 2015 Prefontaine Classic – Eugene Diamond League in May.

This a testament that she hasn’t yet peaked and her fastest times are yet be revealed on the clock. In the 200m she clocked 23.23 in 2013 and lowered the time to an impressive 22.37 in May 2015.

Elaine’s training partner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the reigning World Champion, whom she beat on two occasions this year, her confidence is on a high. Also, with Stephen Francis, the man who trained the ‘Sub-10King’ Asafa Powel perfectly guiding her with his expertise, there is no doubt she will be a powerful force to be reckoned with on the track this season and beyond.