Jamaica's boy wonder primed to swat Noah Lyles and Ferdinand Omanyala from sprinting dominance

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ATHLETICS: Jamaica's boy wonder primed to swat Noah Lyles and Ferdinand Omanyala from sprinting dominance

Abigael Wafula 11:45 - 25.09.2023

The 22-year-old has not been in great form this season due to injuries but has promised to bounce back next season and stun his track rivals.

Jamaica’s Kishane Thompson was not firing on all cylinders in the 2023 season but managed to run some decent times and has promised to come back stronger next season.

Thompson, 22, finished fourth at the Prefontaine Classic, the Diamond League Meeting final, despite having an injury setback. 

Christian Coleman carried the day in the 100m race as Noah Lyles and Ferdinand Omanyala finished second and third respectively.

Just at 22, the Jamaican has managed to run sub-10 seconds and he set his Seasons Best at the Diamond League Meeting in Xiamen, finishing second in 9.85 behind Coleman.

“I was not actively competing for close to six months…it’s been a rough season even though I have produced a couple of sub-10 performances.

"I have been having many challenges training and competing. I had a hamstring injury and we handled it to our level of knowledge.

"To be frank, I know what I’m capable of and I know I have more in me but it’s going to take a bit more to let it out,” he said.

He opened his season at the Jamaican Championships where he only raced in the Heats and won but did not proceed to the final. He then raced at the Diamond League Meeting in Monaco where he finished fifth before striking with a commanding win at the Meeting International Schifflange.

He went for the Meeting in Xiamen where he finished second before securing a fourth-place finish at the Meeting in Eugene, USA.

He fired warning shots at his track opponents noting that he is going to put in the work and bounce back stronger.

He will be seeking to make his first appearance at the Olympic Games where he will lock horns with his familiar foes but he hopes to shut them down.

He added that finishing second at the Diamond League Meeting in Xiamen was unsatisfactory since he wanted more but noted that he could see the progress.