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Athletics: Elaine Thompson-Herah shakes 33-year-old 100m world record


Three-time Olympic champion in Tokyo, Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah on Saturday signed the second best performance in history on

But where will Elaine Thompson-Herah stop?

A gold medalist at the Olympic Games in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, Jamaica continues to make athletic history.

After a time of 10′61 achieved in the 100m final in Tokyo, the sprinter dropped her time to 10′′54 when the Diamond League resumed on Saturday in Eugene (United States).

This is the second best performance in history, 5 hundredths off Florence Griffith-Joyner's record (10′′49).

👑 The queen of the 100m has pulled out all the

stops 🇯🇲 Elaine Thompson sets the second best time in history in 10'54!

Simply exceptional ... Only 5 hundredths

of Eugene's

world record


- FFA (@FFAthletisme) August 21, 2021

On the famous ultra-fast track in Oregon, Thompson-Herah benefited from a slightly positive wind (+0.9 m / s).

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10′′73) and Shericka Jackson (10′′76) complete a podium identical to that of Tokyo.

But history will only remember the crazy time of the winner, so close to the sulphurous world record established in 1988, over which still hangs a suspicion of doping.

"The record is within my reach"

Long inaccessible, the brand of "Flo-Jo" is now well under the threat of Elaine Thompson-Herah.

“I think the record is within my reach because I ran in 10′′5 and I still have a lot in my stomach, said the Jamaican, already titled in the 100 and 200m at the 2016 Games. a big championship and beating my personal best is incredible and important for me, because my goal is to set an example for the new generations.

But I don't get carried away, I have to keep working.


This feat of the five-time Olympic champion even managed to eclipse the return to competition of Sha'Carri Richardson, deprived of the Olympics after a positive test for cannabis.

The American finished last in 11′′14, far from the Jamaican trio.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-08-22

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