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JO: Elaine Thompson-Herah: "I was very nervous before the race"


Victorious in the 100m final for the second time, the Jamaican sprinter confided her feelings after her impressive run in 10''61.

Behind these 10''61, there is a lot of work,

” said two-time Jamaican Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, who retained her title on Saturday in Tokyo. "

I was very nervous before my race, even though I had already won two gold medals (100 and 200 m in 2016), I tried to fight that

", she explained at a press conference . “

I had no time in the lead, we did our best, I had my best race, I don't think I could do better. As for the time, I don't look at the statistics,

”she added after having run the second fastest time in the history of the straight line behind the world record of the American Florence Griffith-Joyner (10 49 in 1988).

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I'm happy to cross the line in good health.

I thank God because two months or a month and a half ago I didn't think I could show up here

(due to an Achilles tendon injury).

But I believed in myself, and the team around me was very good.

At the selections

(in June)

I qualified by finishing 3rd in the 100 and 200m but I was annoyed by this injury.

I didn't expect to run so fast tonight.

I said to myself: “come on, you've already done it, you can do it again”.

I think I could have done this time before, in 2016,

”she said.


The Jamaican hat-trick shows that the sprint is still strong in Jamaica

". His runner-up Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won her 4th Olympic medal in the 100m (gold in 2008 and 2012, bronze in 2016), once again confirmed that these Games would be her last and that she would retire in 2022, year of the World Championships in Eugene (Oregon). “

I am happy to have been able to come here for my 4th Olympic Games, I am proud to be doing these 4th Olympic Games as a mother.

The 34-year-old Jamaican also reconsidered her positioning as a role model for young people. “

Where I come from (an underprivileged part of Kingston) I didn't have anyone to model. Knowing that young athletes are inspired by me is incredible,

”she said.

Source: lefigaro

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