Thompson-Herah from Jamaica sets Olympic record in women’s 100 meters

Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters, pointing to the scoreboard before crossing the line in 10.61 seconds on Saturday to defend her title and claim a Jamaican victory over the women’s race. to get medals.

Griffith Joyner set the old record of 10.62 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Thompson-Herah defeated her biggest rival, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, by 0.13 seconds. Shericka Jackson, who moved to the shorter sprints for the Tokyo Olympics, won bronze in 10.76.

This was Jamaica’s first medal win since the women took it at the Beijing 2008 Games – a feat slightly overshadowed that week by Usain Bolt’s record-breaking performance.

But really, we can’t overlook the Jamaican women, who actually have a longer history of sprint success than the men in the island country. Fraser-Pryce finished best in that 2008 race, completing her Olympic set in the 100, where she now holds two gold (′08, ′12), one silver and one bronze (′16).

Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah are headed for a potential rematch in the 200, where Thompson-Herah is also the defending champion.

This had been a fast race for days, if not months. In June, Fraser-Pryce set the fourth fastest time in history at 10.63 seconds.

And when the sprinters arrived in Japan, they discovered a fast track in the Olympic Stadium. In the semifinals earlier Saturday, the Jamaicans all cracked 10.8 to make the list of the 10 best times in Olympic history.

Then it was Thompson-Herah’s turn to make history.

OH MY HEAVEN! 10.61! Jamaican Elaine Thompson Herah has just broken FloJo’s Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters!


Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Silver! 10.74!

Shericka Jackson bronze! 10.76!

— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) July 31, 2021

Flo Jo’s records predate virtually any sprinter in the women’s game except Fraser-Pryce, who was born about 18 months before the American set the marks. Griffith Joyner’s world record, the 10.49, still stands, and no other woman has ever broken 10.6.

Fraser-Pryce came in and thought it might be her, and when she crossed the line in second, she gave a look of disbelief, then stood stone-faced with her hands on her hips, looking at the scoreboard.

Thompson-Herah was not surprised. She looked to the left in a clockwise direction as she approached the line. She pointed before she even got there, recalling Bolt, who fourth with 10 meters to go when he ran 9.69 to break the men’s world record in 2008.


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