Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah expressed her gratitude and relief at being able to race on the Wanda Diamond League circuit at the press conference on Thursday, September 24, ahead of Doha meeting on Friday, September 25.
She raced fairly regularly in low-key competitions in Kingston throughout July and August and then made it to Rome last week, where she won the 100m in a world-leading 10.85.
“I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to race in Rome and Doha,” she said. “I’d raced a few times in Jamaica but the level and intensity of competition wasn’t the same.
“I was a little bit surprised with my run in Rome because I hadn’t raced for a few weeks, but I knew I was capable of running fast because I’d put in the work.”
Although 2020 has been an unusual year in many ways, Thompson-Herah says her racing and training experiences haven’t changed too much.
“As a sprinter, you have to learn to block everything else out anyway, so I’ve got used to racing in a stadium without any fans,” she said. “Nothing much has changed with my training. My coach is a genius, though, so I just do what he tells me to do.”]