Elaine Thompson smashed Merlene Ottey’s 24 year old meet record of 22.24 with a brilliant 22.10 running out of lane six at the Sainsbury Anniversary Games in London today.
Elaine ran into a -0.3 m/s headwind to obliterate her previous best of 22.37 that she set at National Trials in Kingston, Jamaica. This is the 4th fastest time in the world this year over the distance. She defeated a string of Americans, which included 2nd place Torie Bowie (22.32) and 3rd place Candyce McGrone (22.70).
The former Manchester High, now University of Technology/MVP athlete, also has a season’s best of 10.84 over 100 metres, but she will not be competing in that event at the World Championships next month. Instead, she will be running only the 200 metres. Her MVP team mate, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, has also opted not to double and will only run 100 metres in Beijing. At her current pace of improvement, Elaine is on target to go below the 22 second barrier and challenge for the gold at World Championships.
Her performance capped a good meet for Jamaicans. Usain Bolt signaled that he is back with a 9.87 clocking over 100 metres. Kemar Bailey-Cole was third in the same race and ran his personal best of 9.92 seconds.
Here’s the video of Elaine Thompson’s meet record and season best at the Sainsbury Anniversary Games in London, England.