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Olympic track star Elaine Thompson-Herah carried off track at NYC Grand Prix following apparent injury

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Five-time Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah appeared to suffer an Achilles injury during the USATF New York City Grand Prix on Sunday.

Thompson-Herah, 31, was competing in the 100-meter race at Icahn Stadium when she began to lose her early lead. 

Elaine Thompson-Herah postrace

Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica looks on after the women’s 100-meter race during the 2024 USATF NYC Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on June 9, 2024 in New York City. (Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

She finished last with a time of 11.48 seconds and began to limp away from the finish line. 

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The Jamaican track star could be seen bent over in pain after taking off her right shoe. She was eventually carried off the track. 

Thompson-Herah provided an update on Instagram shortly after the event. 

“I felt something uncomfortable as I began to push I still tried to go but it got worse,” she wrote, adding that she is “awaiting professional advice.” 

Elaine Thompson-Herah runs

Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica after running the final leg of her team’s bronze medal win in the Women’s 4 x 100m Relay – Final during the Athletics competition at Alexander Stadium during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on Aug. 7, 2022, in Birmingham, England. (Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Thompson-Herah is the defending champion in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter. She also won gold in the women’s 4×100-meter relay at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

She also won gold in the 100-meter and 200-meter at the Olympics in Rio. 

Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates gold medal

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 200m – Final at Alexander Stadium on day 10 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. (Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Jamaica’s track and field Olympic trials are slated to begin June 27. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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