It has been revealed that Thompson-Herah will be headlining the Müller Indoor Grand Prix 60m in Birmingham on February 19 at the Utilita Arena.
Elaine Thompson-Herah is Jamaica’s well known Olympic gold medallist and the second-fastest woman in history. She has reigned as the champion, being the fastest woman alive and the record-holder over both 100m (10.54) and 200m (21.53).
The five-time Olympic gold medallist had previously captured Olympic gold and silver medals in 2015 at the World Championships relay 4×100m and 200m. As well as a bronze in the 60m at the Indoor Championships in 2016. Her personal best has been recorded in the 60m (6.9) at Birmingham 2017, 100m (10.54) at Eugene 2021, and 200m (21.53) at Tokyo 2021.
Thompson-Herah gave a statement explaining her excitement to be racing at the Birmingham track meet and the thrill she felt competing in the UK over the years. She also mentioned that she has big goals for the World Athletics Championships later this summer.
The women’s world record for the 60m has been held by Irina Privalova since 1993.
Also racing in the Birmingham 60m will be Daryll Neita, who had previously raced Thompson-Herah in 2017 when she was placed fifth. Daryll Neita, who is Britain’s two-time Olympic bronze medallist, stated that while she is aware that Elaine remains faster than her, she got better. Neita’s personal best in the 60m is 7.21 which was recorded in February 2021.
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is one of the leading indoor meetings in the world, with many of the top athletes from Britain and around the world. Other athletes who will be joining the race are indoor pool vault winner Mondo Duplantis, Grant Holloway who is the indoor record-holder for 60m, two Tokyo Olympic silver medallists Laura Muir and Keely Hodgkinson.