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Elaine Thompson-Herah Will Not Defend Her Olympic 200m Title in Paris

Achilles injury forces two-time Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah to focus solely on 100m race at Jamaican Trials

Achilles Injury forces her to focus solely on 100m Trials (Photo: Getty Images)

Official: Elaine Thompson-Herah, the two-time defending Olympic champion, will not defend her 200m title at the Paris Olympics.

Thompson-Herah is only entered in the 100m event for the Jamaican Olympic Trials, which will take place from June 27th to 30th. She suffered an Achilles injury during the New York City Grand Prix a few weeks ago, leading her to focus solely on the 100m event at the trials. Consequently, there will be a new Olympic champion for the 200m race in Paris.

The world’s fastest woman, Elaine Thompson-Herah, recently flew to Germany to seek medical advice from renowned Dr. Hans Müller-Wohlfahrt after sustaining an Achilles injury.

Thompson-Herah has not competed in the 200m this year, suggesting she may not qualify for the trials in that category. Therefore, her absence from the 200m trials underscores her need to concentrate on her performance in the 100m race.


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