Thompson-Herah beaten by Jackson in Rome

Thompson-Herah beaten by Jackson in Rome


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Rome (Italy) (AFP) – Jamaican Shericka Jackson hit a few weeks before the World Cup by dominating her compatriot, sprint queen Elaine Thompson-Herah, in a 200m five-star event on Thursday at the Rome meeting, the fifth round of the Diamond League.

American Olympic 800m champion Athing Mu showed that she was already sharpened by signing the best world performance of the season for her return to the distance, in 1 min 57 sec 01/10, allowing the passage to the Frenchwoman Renelle Lamote, second in her wake, to achieve the minimum to be able to go to the World Championships in Eugene (July 15-24).

In the 200m at the dream casting, the highlight of a rather cool evening on a still wet track after the afternoon thunderstorms, Jackson won the race with a time of 21 sec 91/100.

However, she was not the favorite against five-time Olympic sprint champion Thompson-Herah (22.25) and British European champion Dina Asher-Smith (22.27), 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The two-time Olympic 400m champion Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo finished fourth (in 22.48).

The top four set their best times of the season.

Mu “super happy” of his time

“It was a good race, I can’t complain. I still have a few points to work on,” Thompson-Herah said. She said on Wednesday she was not feeling “100%” physically after her recent one-shoulder problems.

US sprint legend Allyson Felix had to settle for seventh place in 22.97.

Athing Mu, a new double-track phenomenon, did not miss her true start to the season on the distance after a “warm-up” in late April, she had to give up Eugene’s meeting in late May because of the Covid- 19.

The day after her 20th birthday, she quickly took matters into her own hands, settling in to take the lead several lengths ahead.

“I’m thrilled with this result. I just wanted to see where I was, I’m super happy with this weather,” said the American.

Renelle Lamote, second in 1: 58.48, took the opportunity to take a big step towards the World Cup by passing for the first time below the minimum required by her federation (1: 59.30).

Lamote relieved

“I knew that if I didn’t do them today, I would start to panic. But my coach told me not to think about it, it’s really secondary,” she said.

“I’m proud to finish second in these difficult conditions, it was pretty cool,” she added.

In the men’s race, American Fred Kerley won unsurprisingly in the 100m, signing his second 9.92 of the season in the absence of local hero Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs, who was injured.

Jacobs nonetheless gave a standing ovation at the Stadio Olimpico before displaying, despite regrets of missing this appointment in his hometown, his confidence in reporters.

Recovering from a thigh stretch is going “pretty well,” he said, hoping to compete in “one or two” competitions before the World Cup.

Italian Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi, who wanted to console the Roman public by winning for the first time in Rome, failed to make his bet. He finished only third (with a disappointing 2.24 m) in a competition won by American JuVaughn Harrison (2.27 m).

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