Thompson focused on Commonwealth gold, not times

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – A gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month will mean more to Trinidadian sprinter Richard Thompson than clocking fast times.

The 29-year-old posted a world-leading 9.82 seconds in the National Championships here last week, to become the fastest man in the world this year.

However, Thompson said while running fast times was important, his focus was on winning the big prize in the 100 metres at the Commonwealth Games.

“As an athlete, the goal is to be the best in the world. Obviously, being at the top of the (world) rankings holds high significance to me, however, I think more than a world ranking or more than a time, it means something more in terms of actually lining up against significant competition at the Commonwealth Games and beating the field there,” Thompson told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.

“The fact that I am able to run that fast and the fact that I’m at the top of the list obviously means it puts me in good stead to be able to achieve that goal that I have of being a Commonwealth gold me
dallist.”

Thompson has not won a major Olympic individual medal since copping silver behind champion Usain Bolt at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. However, he has displayed superb form this season, raising hopes of a medal at the July 23 to August 3 Games.
Earlier this month, he clocked 9.95 seconds at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Hengelo and then followed up with victory in the Diamond League, speeding to 10.02 seconds at the Bislett Games in Norway.

More in Sports

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. PG4&25.QXD

    Guyana now ranked below Haiti

  2. Prem Rampersaud as he was being placed in a police car. (ABC7 Eyewitness News photo)

    US-based Guyanese man charged with wife’s murder

  3. Maryanna Lionel

    No bail but speedy trial promised to bribery accused in carpenter murder probe

  4. Samantha Sheoprashad

    Guyanese woman one of 60 recognised by Queen’s young leaders programme

  5. Prince Harry, in the British High Commission vehicle, is driven past the protestors.

    Prince Harry arrives

  6. Herman David

    Diamond man killed in Soesdyke crash

  7. Selena Ramotar

    Attempted murder accused freed after stabbing victim refuses to testify

  8. Shelly Thompson

    Accident victim now facing life as amputee


Recommended For You