Jul 02, 2024

Jamaica’s recent Olympic trials have not only been a test of athletic prowess, but also a festival of personal bests, several surprises and a display of talent that promises to light up the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, including the spectacular performance of Kishane Thompson.

The 22-year-old sprinter stood out as one of the rising stars of the event held this weekend in Kingston, clocking an astonishing time of 9.77 seconds (+0.9) in the 100 meters, securing his place as the Jamaican team leader in the sprint event.

With a dominant performance that placed him ninth on the world’s all-time list, Thompson demonstrated his potential from the qualifying rounds, where he had already shown flashes of his speed with a time of 9.82 seconds. In the final, he beat rivals such as Oblique Seville (9.82) and Ackeem Blake (9.92), cementing his status as a rising star in world sprinting.

His performance not only secures his place in Paris, but also positions him as a serious contender for medals at the Olympic event.

“I’m in the best physical shape of my career this year,” Kishane shared humbly after his win.

“Competing in three rounds at this championship has helped me understand my body and the sport better. I have always been confident, but I believe I can run even faster,” sentenced the Jamaican national champion.


He took his first steps in the 100 meters at the Clarendon Ben Francis Under 17 Invitational in Jamaica, where he took second place with a time of 11.31 seconds (0.0) on February 18, 2017.

The following year he continued to improve his time but in Under 20 tournaments, events in which he competed at 17 years of age, and all this, so that he achieved what he has in his hands today.

2019 was her big year, at the age of 18, she had six first places out of ten competitions in the 100m, also five first places out of eight races in the 200m, and a title in the 400m, in the U20 category.

Kishane kept competing in the following years in different events, including winning the 2023 National Championships, where he clocked a personal best of 9.91 seconds, reaffirming his status as a force to be reckoned with on the world stage.


Kishane will be escorted to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in the 100 meters by teammates Oblique Seville and Ackeem Blake, all three finalists at the Jamaica National Senior Trials.

Athletics at this summer’s Olympic Games is scheduled from August 1 to 11, with the 100-meter race starting on August 3 at the Stade de France.

Escrito por Lilyan Cid


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