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RabatDL: Thompson wins 100m in meet record

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica —Jamaica's Olympic double champion Elaine Thompson sped to an impressive 10.87s (0.3 mps) and established a new meet record at the Rabat Diamond League in Morocco.

Thompson, who is a heavy favourite for the World Championships in London, secured her 14th straight 100m victory in a final.

The Olympic champions got out well but just as she came out of her drive phase and was relaxing, Marie-Josee Ta Lou charged up on her outside but Thompson responded and moved away for a facile victory. Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was second in a season's best of 10.90s with Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago third in 11.02s. Blassing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor of Nigeria was fourth in 11.03s.

Jamaica's Jura Levy and Christania Williams were seventh and ninth in 11.18s and 11.28s respectively.

Thompson, who broke her own meet record of 11.02s set last year, consolidated top spot in the Diamond League point standing with 32 points. Ta Lou is second with 27 and Ahye third on 21 points.

Thompson, who has the top two times in the world with 10.71s and 10.78s, was pleased with her performance after running 10.94s last week in Paris.

“I'm pleased with my race. I came here last year and the organisers did a lot of effort for me. My races are going fine, I'm in the shape that I want to be in and I'm looking forward to the London WC,” said Thompson.

Howard Walker

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