Bri­tish hon­our pleases Thomp­son

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - HU­BERT LAWRENCE STAR Writer

Dou­ble Olympic sprint cham­pion Elaine Thomp­son is hon­oured to have been named 2016 In­ter­na­tional Ath­lete of the Year by the Bri­tish jour­nal ATHLETICS WEEKLY.

Speak­ing in Kingston on Jan­uary 5, Thomp­son said the award has spurred her to work hard in the sea­son to come. She also re­ported that train­ing for the 2017 cam­paign is go­ing well.

“To be nom­i­nated for the Athletics Weekly award and also to win that award amongst those su­per-tal­ented ladies in their dis­ci­plines, it has hum­bled me and made me a stronger per­son,” she said.

LONG-STAND­ING RECORD

Ac­cord­ing to the Athletics Weekly web­site, its read­ers gave Thomp­son 27.4 per cent of their votes. By com­par­i­son, Amer­i­can Ken­dra Har­ri­son, who broke a long stand­ing 100 me­tre hur­dles world record in 2016 with her run of 12.20 sec­onds, and South African’s Olympic 800-me­tre win­ner Caster Semenya re­ceived 24.3 per cent and 12.7 per cent of the to­tal choices logged, re­spec­tively. Thomp­son’s vic­tory fol­lows a bril­liant sea­son.

In ad­di­tion to her Olympic dou­ble, she was un­de­feated at 100 me­tres, and set world lead­ing times at both dis­tances, with clock­ings of 10.70 and 21.78 sec­onds re­spec­tively.

DED­I­CA­TION

“It’s all God’s work,” Thomp­son said of her en­deav­ours last year.

“The ded­i­ca­tion has paid off,” she said.

“I’m re­ally hon­oured, and ap­pre­ci­ate it a lot.”

The Stephen Fran­cis-coached ath­lete plans to do her best as much as the com­pe­ti­tion and the con­di­tions al­low.

“My main fo­cus right now is to, as I said, get in the train­ing, take the races step by step, and just go to the draw­ing board and see what cor­rec­tions, or what to be put in place or what is to be done, but for me; the times come after.”

Her prepa­ra­tions for the 2017 sea­son are go­ing well.

“As al­ways, it’s hard but I’m hold­ing up, still putting in the work and look­ing for­ward to be on the track about next month or so,” she said. I

Elaine Thomp­son

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