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Thompson-Herah injured during 100m at NYC Grand Prix, future uncertain

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Jamaican track and field sensation and five-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah appeared to sustain an injury during the 100 meters at the NYC Grand Prix on Sunday, just under 50 days before the Paris Games. The incident has raised concerns about her readiness for the upcoming Olympics.

The defending Olympic champion in both the 100 and 200 meters finished last in the race with a time of 11.48 seconds. After crossing the finish line, Thompson-Herah removed her right shoe and sat down on the track, clearly in discomfort. The exact nature of her injury was not immediately clear.

Images circulating on social media showed Thompson-Herah being carried from the track, further fueling speculation about her condition. In a subsequent Instagram post, she explained, “I felt something uncomfortable as I began to push. I still tried to go, but it got worse. I am awaiting professional advice moving forward.”

Historic back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles

Thompson-Herah, renowned for her historic back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles, has faced challenges this season, including finishing last at her season opener at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene last month. Despite not racing much this season, she remained one of the favorites for both the 100 and 200 meters at the Paris Games.

The 30-year-old athlete has been hampered by an aching Achilles over her career, which may be a contributing factor to her recent struggles. She is aiming to join fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt as only the second person to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in both the 100 and 200 meters.

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In the NYC Grand Prix race, Favour Ofili of Nigeria emerged victorious with a season-best time of 11.18 seconds, while Thompson-Herah finished last. Her country’s Olympic trials, set for later this month, will be crucial in determining her fitness and readiness for the Paris Games.

Thompson-Herah’s split with her coach late last year and her recent performances have been points of concern, but her determination to defend her titles and make history remains unwavering. As she awaits professional medical advice, her fans and the athletic community hope for a swift recovery.

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