Elaine Thompson-Herah appears to hurt Achilles in 100m in New York Loop Jamaica

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Reigning 100-metre Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah from Jamaica had to be helped from the track after appearing to hurt her Achilles tendon in a race at the USATF New York City Grand Prix on Sunday.

Thompson-Herah burst out of the blocks at Icahn Stadium and was in the mix before starting to fade midway through the 100-metre race.

The 31-year-old sprinter began limping near the finish line. She took off her right spike and later was carried away from the area around the track.

A message was left by the AP with her representatives.

Thompson-Herah is a favourite in the 100 and 200 metres at the Paris Games this summer. She is trying to join fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt as only the second person to win three straight Olympic gold medals at both 100m and 200m.

Favour Ofili of Nigeria won the race Sunday in a season-best time of 11.18 seconds. Thompson-Herah finished last in 11.48 seconds.

Thompson-Herah has been hampered by an aching Achilles over her career. Her country’s Olympic trials will be held this month. 

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