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Remember The Name Kishane Thompson

Jamaica’s Kishane Thompson, the 22-year-old rising star has set tongues on fire after running a personal best of 9.77 seconds to win the Jamaican national title on Friday night.

Thompson a member of the MVP Track Club, competed at the Jamaican national trials in June 2023, and ran 9.91 seconds for the 100 metres 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.

Thompson made his Diamond League debut competing in the 100 metres in Monaco on 21 July 2023, running 10.04s to finish fifth.

In September 2023, he lowered his 100 metres personal best to 9.85 seconds to finish second at the Diamond League event in Xiamen, China.

On 27 June 2024, he ran 9.82 seconds for the 100 metres in the opening round at the Jamaican Olympic trials in Kingston, Jamaica.

In the subsequent final, he ran a new personal best 9.77 seconds to win the Jamaican national title.

After his incredible performance, Thompson opened up about the challenges he faced. Following his heats on Thursday night, in which he clocked 9.82, he was singled out for a drug test, causing a significant delay in his post-race recovery.

“Apparently, they came to do a drug test, and we were saying it’s just the heats. We could understand if it’s after the finals, but they said ‘No,’ I hadn’t run from season and I opened with such a fast time in the heats, so they said it looks suspicious,” Thompson explained.

He eventually got home after 1 am on Friday, severely impacting his rest and recovery.

Thompson’s coach, Steven Francis, acknowledged the difficult circumstances before the final, suggesting it might not be the anticipated clash between Thompson and pre-race favourite Oblique Seville.

However, Thompson defied the odds and his coach’s expectations, delivering a scintillating performance in the final. Seville finished second in a lifetime best of 9.82 seconds, while Ackeem Blake took third in 9.92 seconds.

Reflecting on his experience running three rounds, Thompson said, “It’s feeling tired-good, not tired-bad. It’s not something that I can’t manage, something that I expected, and it’s the first I am actually doing rounds, so I am really satisfied.”

In the final, Thompson followed his coach’s instructions to run the first 60m hard and then shut it down.

“My coach Steven Francis, he instructed me to just run the first 60, nothing more. After that I should just shut it down. If I came second of third, I make the team. The goal wasn’t to do anything, just to run a 70 or 60m and see where I am at.” he said.

He added, “Honestly, I have a lot to improve on physically and mentally. I was playing catch up of some sort and I was trying to adjust and go at the same time. It’s kind of all new to me but I am getting it slowly. We have some technicalities to work on, my transition, snapping down, my turnovers, my reaction and just staying fit and healthy. I am not sure how fast I can go but the time did not surprise me tonight.”

Despite the challenges, Thompson maintains a positive outlook going forward, especially with the lessons learned from his first experience running rounds.

“I didn’t know how to conserve. I tried it in the first two rounds but one, I nearly fell, and two, I just didn’t know how to apply myself with that speed because I’ve never done rounds,” he opined.

Thompson anticipates doing well at the Paris Olympics.

“It is really a great and humble feeling. I saw the 2008 Olympics and it set my standard in this sport. From there I knew that I wanted it, so it is a really good feeling,” he noted.

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