Thompson-Herah, a five-time champion, has withdrawn from the Olympics.

Elaine Thompson-Herah, the two-time Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m, will not participate in the Paris Olympics due to an Achilles injury.

The 31-year-old Jamaican, who has secured five Olympic gold medals, sustained the injury during the New York City Grand Prix on 9 June and had to be carried off the track.

Thompson-Herah, who is the only sprinter aside from Usain Bolt to win multiple Olympic titles in both the 100m and 200m, had aimed to defend her 100m crown but opted out of the Jamaica 200m trials.

She announced on Instagram that a “small tear on my Achilles tendon” has dashed her hopes of competing in her third Olympics.

“While I am hurt and devastated to miss the Olympics this year, my health comes first,” Thompson-Herah wrote.

Jamaican athletes have clinched the gold medal in the women’s 100m for the past four Olympics.

Thompson-Herah triumphed in both the 100m and 200m events in Rio in 2016 and successfully defended her titles in Tokyo five years later. She also secured her fifth Olympic gold as a part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Japan.


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