Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica successfully defended her 100-meter Olympic gold medal on Saturday with a time of 10.92 seconds, beating rival Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and setting a new world record.
Elaine Thompson-Herah successfully defended her 100m title at the Tokyo Olympics. The Jamaican sprinter won with a time of 10.85 seconds, beating out Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou.
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Elaine Thompson-Herah defeated fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to retain her Olympic 100m title, becoming the second-fastest woman in history.
The 29-year-old established a new Olympic record of 10.61 seconds, only 0.12 seconds slower than the world mark set by Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States in 1988.
With a time of 10.76, Shericka Jackson completed a Jamaican one-two-three in Tokyo, 0.02 seconds behind Fraser-Pryce.
Daryll Neita of the United Kingdom came in eighth place with a time of 11.12.
Thompson-Herah told Sport after the win, “I’ve been battling with my injury back and forth.”
“I read all the negative remarks, and I use all of my losses, all of my failures as inspiration.”
Dina Asher-Smith, a member of Neita’s Great Britain squad, failed to qualify for the final and then withdrew from the 200m after admitting she had torn her hamstring earlier this month.
Thompson-Herah is the winner of the Jamaican shakedown.
Several yards before the finish line, Elaine Thompson-Herah rejoiced.
Fraser-Pryce, the quickest qualifier for the final, was put under pressure almost immediately when her typical whip-smart start did not go as planned.
Fraser-Pryce tightened up as she ran the last 30 meters with Thompson-Herah on her shoulder.
Thompson-advantage Herah’s was comfortable enough for her to salute the clock and cameras as she crossed the finish line with a time that was second only to Griffith- Joyner’s.
In addition, it establishes a new Olympic record.
Thompson-Herah, who finished third in the Jamaican trials earlier this year, was ecstatic to beat her local competitors, with silver providing scant consolation to Fraser-Pryce.
“It wasn’t my greatest 30 meters because I tripped around the third step and never recovered,” said Fraser-Pryce, 34, who was attempting to become the first woman to win three Olympic 100m championships.
“I’m ecstatic because, as a mother and in my fourth Olympics, being able to stand on the podium again is such an incredible honor.”
“But, you know, right now, my feelings are still extremely fresh. I’m sure there will be some tears when I get home.”
The Achilles tendon damage improves just in time.
For nearly five years, Thompson-Herah has been dealing with an Achilles tendon issue.
She was forced to withdraw from Doha 2019, where she had planned to win her first world title as an individual. Instead, she sat at home and watched Fraser-Pryce win her sixth.
She was on the verge of withdrawing from the Jamaican trials last month due to recurrent discomfort from the injury.
She did, however, reach the starting line and qualify in the 100m and 200m, guaranteeing that she would have a chance to replicate her Rio sprint double.
Of course, Fraser-Pryce will get an opportunity to avenge himself in Tuesday’s 200m final.
In the 800m final, Hodgkinson leads a British three.
For the first time, Great Britain will have three competitors competing in the women’s 800m final, with Keely Hodgkinson putting up a remarkable performance.
In one minute 59.12 seconds, the 19-year-old timed her finish perfectly to win her semi-final on the line.
Jemma Reekie finished second in her semi-final in 1:59.77, while Alex Bell (1:58.83) was one of the two fastest losers and qualified for Tuesday’s final.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I had not anticipated being on this trip “Bell said. “I never imagined I’d be an Olympic finalist in my wildest fantasies.”
Three men from Great Britain will compete in the 100m semi-finals on Sunday, with Zharnel Hughes setting a new personal best of 10.04 seconds and CJ Ujah (10.08) qualifying automatically.
Reece Prescod’s season-best (10.12) qualified him as one of the three quickest losers, with Andre de Grasse (9.91) of Canada, the 2016 bronze medalist, being the fastest qualifier from Saturday’s heats.
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