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Thompson seals sprint supremacy in Brussels

Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson

Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson confirmed her sprint queen status with an emphatic 100 metres victory late Friday at a season-ending Diamond Lea-gue meeting packed with gold medal winners in Brussels.

Thompson led from the blocks and was never challenged as she set a Brussels meeting record of 10.72 seconds, just one-hundredth of a second outside her winning time in Rio.

It secured her the Diamond Race title in the 100m and with it a $40,000 prize.

Diamond Race winners are determined by a points system from a series of 14 meetings held over the year.

Dutch 200m world champion Dafne Schippers, Thompson’s rival for most of the year, was second in 10.97, concluding a disappointing season after she came away from Rio with just a silver medal in the 200 metres.

Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya set a personal best in winning the 400 metres in 50.40 seconds.

Ethiopian Almaz Ayana, who shattered the world record to win gold in the 10,000 metres in Rio, had her sights set on the eight-year-old mark in the shorter 5,000m in Brussels.

Yet she had to settle for victory in a meeting record of 14 minutes 18.89 seconds, more than seven seconds outside the world record.

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