Sports, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Sprinting

Sports, Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Elaine Thompson-Herah wins 100m gold, breaks Olympic record

The Jamaican sprinter completed the race on Saturday in a contest record time of 10.61 seconds.

7/31/2021 4:27:00 PM

The Jamaican sprinter completed the race on Saturday in a contest record time of 10.61 seconds.

The Jamaican sprinter completed the race on Saturday in a contest record time of 10.61 seconds, beating her closest rival by .13 seconds

Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won the gold medal in the women's 100 meters and set an Olympic record of 10.61 seconds, the Associated Press reports.World Athletics tweeted the time adding it was a Jamaican record and the second fastest time in history.

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Thompson-Herah was the defending champion.Florence Griffith Joyner set the previous Olympic record of 10.62 at the 1988 Seoul.Read more from the Associated Press below:Thompson-Herah beat her top rival, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, by .13 seconds. Shericka Jackson, who moved to the shorter sprints for the Tokyo Olympics, won bronze.

This had been shaping up as a fast race for days, if not months. In June, Fraser-Pryce ran the fourth-fastest time in history at 10.63 seconds.And when the sprinters arrived in Japan, they discovered a fast track at Olympic Stadium.In the semifinals earlier, the Jamaicans all cracked 10.8 to get on the list of the 10 best times in Olympic history. headtopics.com

Thompson-Herah beat her top rival, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, by .13 seconds. Shericka Jackson, who moved to the shorter sprints for the Tokyo Olympics, won bronze in 10.76.This was the first Jamaican sweep of the medals since the women did it at the 2008 Beijing Games – a feat somewhat overshadowed that week by the record-setting performance by Usain Bolt.

But really, there is no overlooking the Jamaican women, who actually have a longer history of sprint success than the men in the island country. Fraser-Pryce finished on top in that 2008 race, and completed her Olympic set in the 100, where she now has two golds (′08, ′12), a silver and a bronze (′16).

Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah are headed for a possible rematch in the 200, where Thompson-Herah is also the defending champion.This had been shaping up as a fast race for days, if not months. In June, Fraser-Pryce ran the fourth-fastest time in history at 10.63 seconds.

And when the sprinters arrived in Japan, they discovered a fast track at Olympic Stadium. In the semifinals earlier Saturday, the Jamaicans all cracked 10.8 to get on the list of the 10 best times in Olympic history.Then, it was Thompson-Herah's turn to make history. headtopics.com

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Flo Jo's records are older than virtually every sprinter in the women's game, save Fraser-Pryce, who was born about 18 months before the American set the marks. Griffith Joyner's world record, the 10.49, is still out there, and no other woman has ever broken 10.6.

Fraser-Pryce came in thinking it could be her, and when she crossed the line in second, she flashed a look of disbelief, then stood stone-faced with her hands on her hips looking at the scoreboard.Thompson-Herah wasn't surprised. She was looking left toward the clock as she approached the line. She was pointing even before she got there, conjuring memories of Bolt, who celebrated with 10 meters to go when he ran 9.69 to break the men's world record in 2008.

Elaine Thompson-Herah of Team Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Final on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesUpdate 07/31/2021, 09:13 a.m. ET: This article has been updated with further details throughout.

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