Thompson Herah’s Injury Scare In New York Leaves Questions

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Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson Herah suffered an injury scare at the World Continental Tour Gold meet at the Icahn Stadium in New York yesterday.

Competing in the 100 metres, Thompson Herah crossed the line at the back of the pack in 11.48 seconds before hobbling right after and removing one of her shoes.

Thereafter she limped from the track where Nigeria’s Favour Ofili had taken the event in 11.18 seconds, finishing ahead of the American duo of Morolake Akinosun (11.20) and Aleia Hobbs (11.21).

The United States’ Gabby Thomas (11.34), Mikiah Brisco (11.34), and Celera Barnes (11.39) rounded positions four to six, finishing ahead of their countrywoman Kennedy Blackmon (11.42) and New Zealand’s Zoe Hobbs (11.45).

“I felt something uncomfortable as I began to push. I still tried to go but it got worse,” said Thompson Herah in a social media post afterwards.

Thompson Herah will now have to wait and see what the doctors say about the apparent injury.

“I am awaiting professional advice moving forward,” she said before thanking fans for their continuous support.

Rasheed Broadbell clocked 13.29 seconds to finish second in the 110-metre hurdles behind American Trey Cunningham (13.21), while Michael Dickson was third in 13.45, finishing ahead of Tyler Mason (13.52).

In the long jump, Carey McLeod’s 7.97 metres also landed him a second place, the Jamaican finishing behind the 8.07 of the United States’ Marquis Dendy.

Danielle Williams was fourth in the 100-hurdles, clocking 12.71, behind the Bahamas’ Devynne Charlton, 12.56, the United States’ Alysha Johnson 12.58, and Nigeria’s Toby Amusan, 12.58. Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson was seventh in 12.94.

In the men’s 100 metres, Kadrian Goldson was fourth, clocking 10.30 seconds to finish behind Nigeria’s Udodi Onwuzurike, 10.24, the United States’ Kendal Williams, 10.25, and countryman Pjai Austin, 10.26.

The United States’ Fred Kerley was disqualified for a false start, while Jamaica’s Sandrey Davison was sixth in 10.32.

Over 400 metres, Nickeisha Pryce’s tag of fastest woman in the world this year lasted just one day, after the United States’ Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone opened her season in New York with 49.75 seconds. Pryce had run 48.89 seconds to win the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

Stacey-Ann Williams was third over the one-lap event, clocking 50.91, while Junelle Bromfield was seventh in 52.32.

In the men’s one-lap event, Grenada’s Kirani James was the top of the pile, winning in 44.55 seconds. He finished ahead of the United States’ Chris Bailey, 44.73, and South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, 44.74. Jamaica’s Zandrion Barnes was sixth in 46.23.

In his first 200 metres of the season, the United States’ Noah Lyles opened the season with 19.77 seconds.

Thomas returned in the women’s 200 to win in a fast 22.45 seconds. Jamaica’s Ashanti Moore was sixth in 23.13, while Jodean Williams was eighth in 23.49.

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