Naomi Long says she is stepping aside for up to 10 weeks due to medical reasons.
• American wins women’s 100m by the narrowest of margins
• Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson finishes fifth despite qualifying best
If Saturday night was hard enough for the Jamaicans, Sunday did not get any easier. Elaine Thompson, the Olympic champion, was beaten into fifth place in the final of the 100m. She lost to the USA’s Torie Bowie, who had finished second behind her in Rio. It was a startling upset. Marie-Josée Ta Lou, from the Ivory Coast, was second in 10.86sec, and Dafne Schippers, from the Netherlands, third in 10.96. Thompson, who had started as such a heavy favourite, finished in 10.98. She had run 0.14 faster than that in the semi-final earlier in the evening, and 0.27 faster in the Jamaican championships earlier in the year. But when it came to the final, she was outstripped by Bowie outside her, who overtook Ta Lou, the race’s early leader, on the dip. “I had no idea,” said Bowie afterwards, “all I knew was I wanted to give it everything I’ve got.”
Thompson looked the favourite all the way up to the starting gun. She had qualified in 10.84, without ever seeming to approach full throttle. She sat back in her blocks, slowest but one to react to the gun, promptly shot into the lead, and then wound down when there were still 30m or so to go. It was the kind of run that makes the bookies race to cut their odds, which were already so short they seemed silly. But then the 10.71 Thompson ran at the Jamaican championships in June was not just the fastest time in the world this year, it was faster than anyone else competing in these world championships had ever run. By a stretch.
Monday: Dean Smith’s bill turns up the heat as the party agonises over its stance. Plus, social media uproar over Roman Britain
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