Elaine Thompson-Herah stars at Velocity Fest with big 200m victory

The Olympic 100m and 200m champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah, highlighted the fifth Velocity Fest meeting at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday.

Competing for the second straight day, Thompson-Herah, of MVP Track Club, clocked 22.19 to win the third and final section of the women’s 200m. The time was easily the fastest over the three sections as there was no final for the event. The time also represents the second-fastest in the world this year.

Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, of The Bahamas, is the world leader in the 200m following a blistering 21.98 (2.0m/s) in Clermont on July 25.

World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, representing Nike, won section two in 22.57, a time good enough for second overall, while Bahamian Anthonique Strachan, of MVP Track Club, who finished second to Thompson-Herah’s 22.19 in section three with a 22.67 clocking, had to settle for the third-fastest time over the heats.

Doha 2019 World Championships 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, also of MVP Track Club, was the fourth-fastest over the heats with 22.70.

Thompson-Herah and Fraser-Pryce were also in action on Saturday in the 100m where they both clocked fast times.

Fraser-Pryce clocked 10.87 (1.4m/s) to jump to the top of this year’s world list. Just minutes later, Thompson-Herah came close to matching Fraser-Pryce’s 10.87 as she sped to 10.88 (0.3m/s) to win her section and placed second overall as there was no final for the event.

GC Foster College’s Romario Williams topped the men’s 200m at Sunday’s meet in 20.46 (1.8 m/s) ahead heat one winner Sprintec Track Club’s Rasheed Dwyer, 20.74 (3.4 m/s).

Nigel Ellis, of MVP Track Club, who clocked 20.81 for second place behind Williams’ 20.46 in the third and final section, was the third-fastest over the heats.