The fastest woman alive Elaine Thompson-Herah has reportedly sent a letter to the MVP Track Club and her main sponsor Nike, indicating her imminent departure.
According to a report by Nationwide Radio earlier this week, Thompson-Herah is set to sign with Puma, one of Nike’s biggest rivals, in a “mega” deal. Thompson-Herah had signed a professional contract with Nike in 2016.
Derron Herah, the husband of Elaine Thompson Herah, is expected to take over coaching duties for the two-time double Olympic sprint champion after her intended split from MVP. Derron is the male sprint coach at St Jago high and was a member of the Cameron Blazers setup.
A generational talent, Thompson-Herah led the photo finish 1,2,3 performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this year, becoming the first woman to defend back-to-back Olympic titles at both 100 and 200 metres.
The Jamaican sprinter then recorded the second-fastest time ever at the Eugene Diamond League in Oregon. However, after the Oregon meet, Jamaicans expressed their displeasure online about Nike’s perceived lukewarm support of Thompson-Herah.