Thompson smashes 100m record at Pompey Invitational meet


Brenessa Thompson winning 100m

Image courtesy of Orlando Charles

With each race this season, sprint ace, Brenessa Thompson seems to be getting better and better.

The 20-year-old, who broke the 200m national record twice last month, yesterday smashed the national 100m record to highlight the inaugural Aliann Pompey Invitational meet and further cement her place at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

In front of the largest crowd to witness a track and field event at the National Track and Field Centre, the US-based Thompson rebounded from a pedestrian start and a third place finish in the heat to win emphatically in the final in a blistering 11.41s.

In the fastest race she has ran so far, Thompson was flawless from the beginning. The stylish Thompson, who wore a headband of daisies around her forehead like Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce did last year at the World Championships, made an explosive, near-perfect start and established a two-metre lead by the halfway mark.

But that display of flower power was countered by the flying Trinidadian Reyare Thomas, who began to motor during the second 50m and was closing fast only for the line to come too soon.

Thomas, who clocked 11.22s also made the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games women’s 100m which stands at 11.32s.