Jamaica’s Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah dropped an impressive 10.78 (1.8 m/s) to win the 100m at the Pure Athletics Meet in Florida on Sunday.
Thompson-Herah was running just her second 100m of the season and has thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the world that she will not relinquish her Olympic titles that easily.
She won ahead of compatriots Natalliah White and Ashanti Moore, who finished second in 11.08 and third in 11.10 respectively. The clocking by the promising Moore was a personal best in just her first outing since joining the Pure Athletics Club in Florida.
Thompson-Herah’s 10.78 put her second in the world ranking behind American rising star Sha’Carri Richardson who dropped 10.72 on April 10.
Meanwhile, Jamaica’s 2011 World champion Yohan Blake finished second in the men’s 100m in 10.02 (2.1 m/s), the same time as the winner Cejhae Green of Antigua and Barbuda. Jamaica’s Julian Forte was sixth with 10.19 and Jevaughn Minzie eighth in a slow 10.52.
In the heats, Blake ran 9.98 (2.7 m/s), Forte did 10.04 (4.5 m/s) and Asafa Powell clocked 10.07 with the same head wind as Forte. Making a comeback, Nickel Ashmeade stopped the clock at 10.13 (2.5 m/s).
World Championship 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson and 2016 Olympic 400m hurdles finalist, Janieve Russell also secured wins at the meet.
Jackson sped to a season’s best 52.01 ahead of Kaylin Whitney in 52.29. Jamaica’s Tiffany James finished third in 52.67 with Christine Day clocking 53.57 for fourth. Junelle Bromfield finished sixth with 54.89.
Russell won the women’s 400m hurdles in 56.02 in her first run over her pet event this season. On April 24, she won the 400m flat event in 52.12 but achieved her season’s best of 51.77 on February 13 in Kingston.
In the men’s 400m, Nathon Allen clocked 46.85 which was good for second behind Michael Mathieu who won with 46.80. On April 21, Allen won the 400m in a season best 46.02. Allen has a personal best of 44.13 set in 2018.
Ronald levy of MVP won his 110m hurdles heat in 13.69 (+2.6 m/s) but failed to show for the final won by Jeffrey Juimis who won in 13.70 (+2.8 m/s).
Following her personal best of 10.87 last week, Natasha Morrison finished second in the 200m in 23.21. The event was won by 15-year-old American rising star Shawnti Jackson in 23.15. Jamaica’s Nigel Ellis clocked 20.89 for fifth in the men’s 200m.