Thompson-Herah finds new coach

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah poses for photos following her win in the women’s 100 meters during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Eugene, Ore.
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Elaine Thompson-Herah will ramp up her preparations for next year’s international Track and Field season under the guidance of Elite Performance Track Club coach, Reynaldo Walcott.

A statement from her management company, Andi Sports confirmed that the embattled Jamaican sprint queen had hooked up with Walcott, who coaches Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with whom Thompson-Herah appears to have a frosty relationship.

Media reports indicate that Thompson-Herah will not be training with athletes of the Elite Performance in Kingston, but Walcott will work with her in a private setting after he completes his duties at the Ashenheim Stadium at Jamaica College each day.

Andi Sports confirmed recently that the 31-year-old had separated from Shanikie Osbourne, her coach during the later stages of this past international track & field season, after a breakdown in negotiations over compensation.

Thompson-Herah won a historic sprint double of 100 metres and 200 metres at back-to-back Olympics — 2016 in the city of Rio-de-Janeiro, in Brazil. The COVID-19 delayed the 2020 Games in the Japanese city of Tokyo and will be looking to defend her titles at the Games next year in Paris.

She failed to earn a place on the Jamaica team for this year’s World Athletics Championships in August in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, where she brought Osbourne onto her coaching staff.

Thompson-Herah, the second-fastest woman clocked over 100 with a personal best time of 10.54 seconds.