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Sport

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, August 07, 2017

Women's 100m race favourite Thompson stumbles to surprise
loss.

LONDON, England — Following two bouts of vomiting Jamaica's Elaine Thompson was beaten into fifth spot in the women's 100 metres on another night when the sprinting pendulum seemed to shift in favour of the United States of America.

Just a night after American Justin Gatlin stunned Usain Bolt and the world, Tori Bowie did likewise, but she wasn't booed.

Thompson, the double Olympic Games champion, clocked 10.98 seconds, the same time as Murielle Ahouré of the Ivory Coast in fourth. Bowie won in a season best 10.85, dipping at the line ahead of Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who was second in 10.86. Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers grabbed bronze with a time of 10.96.

A serene-looking Thompson, who is said to have vomited before the the semi-final, cruised home in 10.84 to reach the final. At that point, she looked on course to challenge her national record of 10.70.

But things didn't go according to plan and Thompson struggled home while producing a pedestrian time by her standards.

Although admitting to vomiting before the final, she said that wasn't the cause of her demise.

“Did you have stomach ache in that race?” Thompson was asked in the mix zone.


“No, I did not. I actually threw up before I [went] out there. So I wouldn't say that affected the race,” said Thompson, who has a seasonal best of 10.71.

“Has it ever happen before at a major championship. “Yes,” she replied. “I have been working hard going through the rounds. I wouldn't say the stomach affected me.”

Thompson was asked how close before the race she vomited. “A few minutes before going to the call room. We are all human beings. We do it in training.”

But having dominated her fellow athletes all season the inquest continued as to the reason for her demise.

“I am walking fine, my hamstring is great, disappointment, will make you work harder,” said Thompson.

She also had to refute claims of complacency.

“I have to give those girls credit, because I have been racing with them all season, and it was a tough field out there, even though I was the favourite”.

She continued: “But I am disappointed and happy as well, because I am healthy, I am injury-free, so I have to just tie my shoelace, pick myself up, and just move forward”.

“Honestly I don't know what happened. I will just have to go back and watch that replay. I stumbled and I tried to get it back. I did not get it in the format that I wanted to, but I tried not to panic, but to hold my form and go through,” she explained.

“The mission isn't finished as yet. I have a lot of race after this championship. The mission wasn't accomplished, still yet I have to give God thanks.

“It was a long season battling this Achilles injury and it was a part of this game tonight. I came out here brave and ready, and it didn't happen. This defeat is going to push me to work harder,” she pointed out.

Bowie's victory ends Jamaica streak following Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's triumphs in 2013 and 2015. She also won in 2009. Jamaica had won four of the last five championship from 2007 to 2015.

But in this the farewell championship of Usain Bolt, the advantage has swung decisively in the favour of the Americans as they no longer possess the two fastest individuals in the world.

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