Jamaica’s Thompson-Herah won’t Defend 200m Title at Paris Games

After choosing not to run in the 200-meter event in the upcoming Jamaican trials, five-time Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah will not be defending her title at the Paris Games next month.

The sprinter’s lone event registration for the Jamaican Athletics Championships, which take place from June 27 to 30, is the 100m. Monday was the last day to register.

Thompson-Herah, the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles when she retained her 100m and 200m titles in Tokyo, finished last in her season-opening 100m last month, clocking 11.30 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.

She last competed in the 200m in April 2023 and appeared to sustain an injury during the 100m at the NYC Grand Prix earlier this month, finishing in 11.48.

The 31-year-old appointed Reynaldo Walcott as her new coach in November following her split with Shanikie Osbourne.

The athletics competition at the Paris Olympics takes place from Aug. 1-11 at the Stade de France.


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