Double Olympic champion hoping to shrug off achilles problem

Voice of Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson

Double Olympic champion and joint national 100m record holder Elaine Thompson says she's still being troubled by an achilles tendon injury which forced her to end her 2018 season early. She made the revelation on Friday in an interview with the BBC ahead of Saturday's Birmingham Grand Prix indoor meet.

“Achilles injury is not an injury that is easily cured. It’s hard for me to sprint sometimes but I’m doing great in training. I’m getting the best therapy treatment that I can get. I’m hoping for the best for the season and taking it step by step,” said Thompson. Thompson, who will square off against 2017 World Championship double sprint silver medallist Marie Jose Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast and Britain's European champion Asha Philip in the 60 metres, was quizzed about what her goal was for the race.

“Right now it’s not about the winning or the time; it’s just to get the first five steps going and see where I am in the season. Whatever time I get tomorrow (Saturday) I’ll accept but I’ll be happy if I get the victory,” she said.

Last month, Thompson's coach, Stephen Francis told RJR Sports he expected the joint national record holder with 10.70 seconds to return to her best this season as she chases her first world 100m title in Doha, Qatar in September.

Meanwhile, three of Thompson's training partners will also be competing at Saturday's Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. World Championship bronze medallist Stephanie-Ann McPherson will be in action in the 400 metres at 9:21 am Jamaica time. World Championship representative Julian Forte will go in the men's 60 metres at 9:42 am Jamaica time where he will battle 2010 world indoor silver medalist Mike Rodgers and Britain's indoor champion Dominic Ashwell. 

At 10 am, Commonwealth Games finalist Tajay Gayle will contest the men's long jump in a field which also includes regning world indoor champion Juan Miguel Echevarria.





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