Thompson Herah still working through shoulder trouble

May 24, 2022

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah says she is still feeling pain from an injured shoulder which forced her out of the Birmingham leg of the Diamond League last Saturday.

Thompson Herah, who was down to contest the 100m event in Birmingham, cancelled her appearance at the meet because of a rotated shoulder injury which she picked up at the Mount SAC relays last month.

However, the 29-year-old returned to the track last Saturday to clock 10.94 seconds to win the women's 100m final at the JAAA/SDF Jubilee Series at the National Stadium.

"Honestly, when I went to the Mount SAC Relays, I had a rotated shoulder, I never had a shoulder injury, but now it is calming down, but every now and then it acts up so I am just here working with it," Thompson Herah told STAR Sports.

"I am pleased with it (time). A lot of persons are talking about my injuries and a lot of persons are facing their challenges and I do face a lot. I am not a hundred per cent, I must say, but I think it was the best decision for me not to go to Birmingham and just to test here to see how I can move on from that."

After winning the 100m event, Thompson Herah, who will be seeking her first World title at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, returned 45 minutes later to win the 200m in a season's best 22.55.

Thompson Herah says that despite her injury setbacks, she is focused on claiming her first World title.

"It is going to be my fourth World Championships, I am trying to attack and I am just using this season as a motivation," she said. "There is no pressure on myself even though last year I ran 10.54 so I am capable of doing anything once I am healthy."

She said that she is still suffering an Achilles injury which has affected her throughout her career.

"Honesty, I am not a hundred per cent, but I am still happy to get a 10.94 and that means that I can still continue to work on my weak areas and just use this race to carry me forward." she said.

"I don't like to talk about my Achilles, but it is not a hundred per cent, but it is because my shoulder is giving me a warm time. My first punch is giving me some discomfort and when I travel it does affect me, but today I tested it and it feels much better."

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