For the second day running, the Jamaican team as well as their fans at home and abroad were stunned into monumental disbelief when reigning Olympic champion and world leader Elaine Thompson failed to get among the medals in the women’s 100m at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.
Thomson entered the final as the fastest qualifier from the semi-finals and appeared primed for her crowning moment.
However, at the end of the race, Thompson could only manage fifth in 10.98 seconds as gold went to American Torie Bowie in 10.85 seconds over Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast 10.86 and Daphne Schippers of the Netherlands in 10.96. It was Thompson’s lowest placing in a global final.
“I stumbled at the start and lost my rhythm but I really don’t know what happened after. I will have to look back at the race,” said Thompson. She will now turn her attention to the women’s 4x100m which starts on Saturday.