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Jamaican sprint champ Elaine Thompson weds longtime beau

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Jamaica’s sprint double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson has gotten married to her longtime boyfriend Derron Herah. They got married on the second of this month of November and she has revealed that she is full of nothing but praise for her husband.

The wedding ceremony held at the Old Fort Bay in the “Garden Parish” of St Ann. The 27-year-old Thompson walked down the aisle with  37-year-old Herah who is a former athlete and currently a coach.

Thompson came out victorious in both the 100m and 200m at the Rio Olympics in Brazil in 2016 winning gold in both categories.

When quizzed on how her surname will now look she said: “I will use Thompson-Herah”.

She went further to speak on how supportive her partner has been all the years they have been together pointing out that his understanding of the profession as an insider has been invaluable.

“He has been a big inspiration to me because he knows about the track world. Every pain I feel I know he feels them too. But one thing I love about him the most he doesn’t interfere with my training,” Thompson-Herah said.

Thompson-Herah said that getting married has brought this good but strange feeling with it. She also speaks about learning to tolerate and manage each other’s weaknesses.

“Being married feels good because we have been living together for the past four years. We learn how to accept and tolerate each other and remember no relationship is perfect. I also have to keep reminding myself, he is no more boyfriend, he is my husband,” said Thompson-Herah.

Her husband, Derron Herah, has coached alongside renowned coaches like Bertland Cameron. Herah is known for his personal best of 47.52 for the 400m and 51.01 for the 400-m hurdle.

Elaine Thompson-Herah hails from Banana Ground in Manchester. She attended Manchester High school. In 2016, at the age of 24, she became the first woman to win both the 100m and 200m in 28 years. That catapulted her into prominence. It was Florence Griffith-Joyner from America who was the last person to achieve the feat. And it was at the  1988 Seoul Olympic Games in South Korea.

Thompson-Herah holds the current 100m national record with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Her 100m personal best is 10.70 seconds. Her 200m in 21.66s achieved while winning silver at the Beijing World Championships in 2015 is her personal best.

However, she has been struggling to replicate her 2016 form ever since. This has been down to niggling calf and Achilles injury. Thompson pulled out of the 200m and 4*100m relay due to injuries.

Her coach has weighed in on her injury crisis. Coach Stephen Francis says that even though she would not undergo any surgery, they would have to figure out other ways to get hey in perfect shape for preparations against the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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