After breaking Florence Griffith-Joyner’s (Flo Jo’s) Olympic record in the Tokyo Olympics running a blistering 10.61 seconds, Elaine Thompson-Hera maintained her stature in the Prefontaine Classic hosted in Eugene, Oregon yesterday, August 21.
Thompson-Hera came first by running 10.54 seconds which is just shy of the 10.49s World Record held by Florence Griffith-Joyner. No other living woman has ever run a time below 10.60s.
Elaine Thompson ran the world leading time, a national record, Diamond League record, meet record and a personal best.
For decades this World Record seemed unbreakable, but now, there is a high probability that in the next meet or even at the World Championship in Oregon 2022 that the record could be broken.
All over the World and across the breadth of Jamaica, Elaine is being lauded for challenging herself to train harder and run faster.
Following their Olympic podium sweep in Tokyo. The Jamaican trio shocked the world again running another 1, 2, 3, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 2nd place with a time of 10.73s and Shericka Jackson who placed third with a time of 10.76, her personal best.
Elaine did not get the best start, but she quickly accelerated and took the lead. In the last 30m, she widened the gap and broke the finish line well ahead of everyone else.
She was congratulated by her country women and as soon as she saw the time, it was pure joy.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce when asked whether the world should have expected anything other than a Jamaican 1, 2, 3, she responded saying, “No, you shouldn’t have.”
Just like that the race everyone had been waiting for ended exactly how we expected it to, with another Jamaican clean sweep in the 100m women’s sprint.