‘Your time at the top level or high level is very very short’ – Elaine Thompson-Herah’s former coach lashes out over her MVP Track Club split

Stephen Francis was not at all impressed by Elaine Thompson-Herah's decision to split with the MV track club following a great season.

Elaine Thompson-Herah and Stephen Francis
Elaine Thompson-Herah and Stephen Francis

Weeks after refuting the rumours, Elaine Thompson-Herah officially confirmed her split from the MVP Track Club earlier this month. In a statement, the Jamaican shared that she has resumed “training independently” confirming the end of her association with the club.

In light of an abundance of requests from my fans and concerned Jamaicans, I want to assure everyone that I have begun my training independently and will continue to do so while I finalize all aspects of my team for the upcoming season,” Elaine Thomspon said in a statement.

I want to thank everyone for their support and express appreciation to those who have reached out in concern. I remain committed to representing my country and to lead with courage and grace as l am aware that I inspire young women across the world who have dreams and who dare to see those dreams me to pass.

“Many times they’re unsuccessful and I would not be surprised if this was the case here,” Elaine Thompson-Herah’s former coach

Elaine Thompson-Herah in women's 200m Tokyo Olympics
Elaine Thompson-Herah

Elaine Thompson-Herah’s former coach Stephen Francis was not very impressed by the move. Francis feels that finance was one of the major reasons behind Elaine’s decision and asserts that he won’t be surprised if it backfired on the Olympic champion. Francis goes on to take a gig at Elaine as he asserted that it’s not possible to stay at the top in any sport for a long time.

I have no idea about that. What I do know again is that a lot of athletes seem to not remember basic math and some people say that they always learn at 100 is zero right. I think every athlete should understand that your time at the top level or high level is very very short no matter what sport it is,” Francis told SportsMax TV.

“Because whatever performance you achieved this year, next year, you don’t count it. You have to achieve it again you know. So I will say in summary that most athletes from what I’ve heard who have made changes, do it because of finances. Messi left Barcelona because of finances. Ronaldo left Juventus just because of finances. Everybody, athletes in general try to maximize earnings. Many times they’re unsuccessful and I would not be surprised if this was the case here,” he added.

Elaine Thompson-Herah created history at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meet as she clocked the second-fastest time in the history of the women’s 100m. The Jamaican completed the race in just 10.54s as she inches closer to breaking Flo Jo’s 100m world record of 10.49s. Beating the world record will be her primary objective as she builds up for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Also read: Tokyo Olympics: Elaine Thompson to Allyson Felix, Who has the most medals in athletics?