Thompson-Herah Storms To Victory In Women’s Olympic 100m

July 31, 2021
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Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah successfully defended her Olympic 100m crown on Saturday, storming to victory with the second-fastest time in history.

Thompson-Herah raced over the line at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium in 10.61sec, with two-time champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking silver in 10.74 and Shericka Jackson bronze in 10.76 to complete a Jamaican sweep of the podium.

Thompson-Herah’s Olympic record winning mark matched the second-fastest time in history of 10.61 set by the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Only Griffith-Joyner, the 1988 Olympic champion who remains the world record holder with a best of 10.49, has ever run faster.

“I am really excited to come back and retain my title. My chest hurts, I am so happy,” Thompson-Herah said.

Thompson-Herah said she had not expected to challenge for the Olympic title earlier this year, when she was bothered by a niggling Achilles injury.

“Two months ago I didn’t think I would be here today,” said Thompson-Herah, who finished third behind Fraser-Pryce at Jamaica’s Olympic trials in June.

“But I held my composure, I believed in myself, I believed in God and the team around me is very strong. I never expected to run this fast.

“Behind this 10.6 it takes a lot. I knew I could have run this time from like 2016. But I think I celebrated early too much in my career.

“But I knew it would come one day eventually.”

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(From R) Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson compete in the women’s 100m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP

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