‘Suddenly it occurs to me that on that given day with all the top sprinters going for one Gold, someone might do something crazy like break Flo-Jo’s 28 year old World record of 21.34 seconds.’
June 10,2016 Blog post
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson is one of the key reasons the women’s side of Track’s sprints is so volatile and fierce. While I did go out on a limb and suggested that Holland’s Blonde Girl Dafne Schippers, to be a clear and present danger to Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 21.34 Seconds in the 200 metres , I need quickly state that Ms.Thompson is a formidable contender in both 100 and 200 metres sprint events.
In fact when Schippers ran the 21.63 seconds in Beijing , the subtext is Elaine Thompson led the field until about 10 metres from the finish line, where Dutch wonder made a forceful finish and dip at tape to snatch certain victory from Thompson. The Jamaica’s time was world (for 2015) leading 21.66 seconds.
The battle of the women’s sprint has been Jamaica’s Sally Ann Fraser-Pryce after Olympic Gold and world record in the 200 metres , extending her sprint dominance in various cities, duelling the American runners like Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter(who has the 2nd and 3rd fastest times of 10.64 and 10.67 seconds respectively). The winning equation changed with Dutch former heptathlon competitor Dafne Schippers competing in the 100 and 200 metres. Suddenly Jamaican and US runners accustomed to the predictable competitive finish amongst themselves , had to look around for The Blonde, known to finish hard and fast . Pressure .
For my focus, I recognize Thompson steadily build up to her peak this Olympics season . In the past month she has consistently gone sub 11 seconds . More like 10.87 , 10.94 secs etc. Friday night’s 10.70 secs with MVP team-mate and Olympic and World champion Fraser-Pryce at 10.92 secs in second place , and MVP newcomer Christiana Williams in third at 10.97, puts the Jamaica 4 X 100 relay squad immediately in top favorites for Rio Olympics Gold. The next few days we are guaranteed a fierce response from Eugene OR at the US Olympics Trials. Interestingly Jamaica’s veteran sprinter VBC , Veronica Campbell-Brown came 4th. Testament to the depth of Jamaica’s athletic talent. No spot is guaranteed .Fire , no Fiyah and Brimstone on that there track ya know.