Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah prepares to defend crown in Paris

Five-time Olympic gold champion Elaine Thompson-Herah is focused on her preparations for next year’s international track and field season, including the defense of her titles at the Olympic Games in Paris.

This was the sentiment shared in a statement from her management company, Andi Sports, when they recently confirmed the Jamaican sprint queen separated from her coach Shanikie Osbourne after a breakdown in negotiations over compensation.

Elaine Thompson-Herah

“Collectively, we had no choice, but to seek the services of another coach,” the statement indicated, adding the package proposed by Osbourne was “by any measure of what is the norm for such services extremely excessive and without any flexibility to negotiate by the other party.”

Thompson-Herah won 100 metres, 200m, and 4x100m gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, after winning 100 and 200 gold at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but she struggled badly this year after a heated separation from the MVP Track Club, where she was under the guidance of iconic coach, Stephen Francis.

The 31-year-old failed to earn a place on the Jamaica team for this year’s World Athletics Championships in August in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, where she brought Osbourne onto her coaching staff.

Thompson-Herah, the second-fastest woman, clocked over 100 meters with a personal best time of 10.54 seconds. Only deceased American sprint queen Florence Griffith-Joyner, who clocked 10.49 seconds at the United States Olympic Trials in 1988, has run faster than Thompson-Herah in the 100.

“Mrs. Elaine Thompson-Herah benefited from the services of coach Osbourne, especially towards the end of the 2023 athletic season, and for that Mrs Thompson-Herah is grateful and would like to express her thanks for her impact in a very short space of time,” the statement indicated.

The statement said that the search is now on for a new coach for Thompson-Herah.

“With the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, fast approaching, Mrs. Thompson-Herah is fully focused on her preparations for the season and the defense of her Olympic titles,” the statement indicated.

“In this regard, we have undertaken a process to procure the services of a coach who would be able to ensure the high standards of Mrs. Thompson-Herah are exceeded and her goals for the 2024 outdoor athletic season are met.”