November 21, (THEWILL) – Jamaican sprinter, Elaine Thompson-Herah, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, has announced she will be training under new coach Reynaldo Walcott, as she aims for a third consecutive 100-200m sprint double at the 2024 Paris Olympics. The 31-year-old, who previously trained under coach Stephen Francis, confirmed the news in an Instagram post on Monday.
Thompson-Herah will join the Elite Performance Track Club, where she will train alongside 10-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Her agent’s statement said the move comes after Thompson-Herah recently parted ways with her former coach, but she remains fully committed to defending her Olympic titles in Paris in 2024.
The sprinting superstar took home gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at both the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She edged out Fraser-Pryce in the 100m in Tokyo, while her teammate had to settle for silver. Thompson-Herah is joining an impressive training group under coach Walcott.
Despite the recent coaching change, Thompson-Herah’s agent emphasised her continued dedication and focus on excellence in the sport. With a new training environment and coach in place, the Jamaican aims to make further history at the 2024 Olympics.
Thompson-Herah will be hoping this new chapter in her preparation will put her in the best position to achieve her goal of winning a third consecutive Olympic 100-200m sprint double.