The fastest woman alive, Elaine Thompson-Herah has dismissed recent claims that she plans to depart from the MVP Track Club, according to CaribbeanNationalWeekly (CNW).
It pointed to reports that Thompson-Herah, the Olympic sprint double champion, had written a letter to the club informing it of her decision to cut ties with her longtime coach, Stephen Francis.
There were also reports that she would be coached by her husband, Derron Herah, going forward, CNW said.
Thompson-Herah addressed the claims on the NBC magazine show Brother From Another, saying they were just rumors, according to CNW.
“You know what the news media is like; I am the fastest woman alive, so they are going to try to create some form of news to try and distract the world,” she was quoted as saying. “It’s rumors, of course. I have seen articles in the media [saying] that I have died… it’s always rumors. They always target me, I don’t know why.”
CNW said that when asked how she thought the rumors started, Thompson-Herah said her recent absence from training may have caused a stir.
“Probably, because I have not shown up for practice,” she said. “I am still on my rest period [but] people might be speculating why she is not in practice. But we just came back from the international circuit and we normally get about a month’s rest and I am in my second week, so people are just assuming things and spreading rumors.
“The media always trying to create drama; I am on my rest until October,” she added.
CNW said the 29-year-old Thompson-Herah just wrapped the best season of her career so far, “where she created history by becoming the first woman ever to retain an Olympic sprint double title.”
She also clocked 10.54 seconds to win at the PreFontaine Classic in August, the second-fastest time in history, and then later, won her Diamond League title, CNW noted.