TOKYO 2020: Record breaking Thompson-Herah leads Jamaica’s podium sweep in 100m race

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Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah poses next to the score board displaying her new Olympic record after winning the women's 100m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah poses next to the score board displaying her new Olympic record after winning the women’s 100m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP via CFP)

Elaine Thompson-Herah produced a brilliant sprint on Saturday to retain her Olympic 100 title and in the process also wrote a new Olympic record in the event.

Thompson-Herah clocked a time of 10.61, ahead of her Jamaican compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.74) and Shericka Jackson (10.76)

The three gave the Caribbean island nation her first medals of the Tokyo Games, opening up the gates for more medals potentially.

Thompson-Herah clinched the Olympic Women’s 100m gold in Rio 2016 by setting a time of 10.71. Fraser-Pryce clocked 10.86 in the race to take Bronze.

Ahead of Tokyo 2020, the gold medalist feared she would be forced to miss the event due o a longstanding injury issue.

She went into her country’s qualifiers on the back of an achilles injury that earlier forced her to withdraw from the May 23rd Gateshead Diamond League where she was scheduled to compete in.

She went on to finish third in both the 100m and 200m at Jamaica National Championships held in June.

“I have been struggling with my injury back and forth, I see all the bad comments, and for me to stay focused, held my composure, I take all of my losses, all of my defeats and I use them as my motivation,” Thompson-Herah told BBC after her race.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou (10.91) finished fourth while Switzerland duo of Ajla Del Ponte (10.97) and Mujinga Kambundji (10.99) finished fifth and sixth respectively. United States’ Teahna Daniels (11.02) took seventh and Britain’s Daryll Neita (11.12) took eighth.

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