Jamaica’s Kishane Thompson Stops The Clock At 9.85s

New Jamaica’s rising star 100-meter sprinter Kishane Thompson continues to create waves and talking points from his performance on the track.

In his recent outing at the Wanda Diamond League in Xiamen, China on Saturday, he made a sensational run to clock a new lifetime best 9.85s for second in the men’s 100m, behind American Christian Coleman, who equaled the World Leading time of 9.83s.

A member of the MVP Track Club, Thompson competed at the Jamaican national trials in June 2023, and ran 9.91s for the 100 meters in his qualifying heat.

However, he pulled-out of the competition prior to the semi-final. This was pre-planned, his coach Stephen Francis explained that due to a number of injuries in previous years he had a schedule to avoid multiple-round running that year.

The 22-year-old Thompson’s time of 9.85s in China has made him the sixth-fastest Jamaican of all time. Only Usain Bolt (9.58s), Yohan Blake (9.69s), Asafa Powell (9.72s), Nesta Carter (9.78s) and Steve Mullings (9.80s), have gone faster.

Thompson’s coach Stephen Francis had earlier lauded him for his effort and had told reporters that they are yet to see the best of the man under his charge.

“He would have run significantly faster, but the most important thing is that he feels healthy and can look forward to the rest of the summer. Our plan is to ensure that next year, in the Olympic year, he will have the necessary race experience and a different attitude to tackle the full program,” Francis said then in an interview.

At the meet, Thompson just failed to get back to Coleman, who equaled Noah Lyles World leading time, as they competed in a slight tailwind of 0.4 meters per second. American Fred Kerley (9.96s) was third.

Meanwhile, the other Jamaicans, Yohan Blake (10.04s), Rohan Watson (10.18s), were sixth and ninth respectively, while Ackeem Blake, who seemingly picked up an injury finished at the back of the pack in well over 25 seconds.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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