Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah won gold in the women’s 100m final of Tokyo 2020 with the second fastest time in history.
Defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah brought home a clean sweeping Jamaican in the women’s 100-meter Olympic final, setting a stunning 10.61 seconds to become the second fastest woman in history.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was looking for a third gold in the event, took the silver at 10.74 with Shericka Jackson third at 10.76 at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
“I’m really excited to be back and keep my title. My chest hurts, I’m so happy, ”said Thompson-Herah, whose time was improved only by world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner at 10.49 at the 1988 Olympics.
Fraser-Pryce took some time away from the sport to have a baby, but arrived in Tokyo on the eve of a glittering 10.63 race – the fastest time this year.
He started the race strong, announcing in front of the field, but Thompson-Herah took the return and after that the couple ran neck and neck was the last to advance in front of about 40 meters remaining.
Thompson-Herah, with a sparkling band, began to celebrate before crossing the line with his left hand raised and continued his sprint for some distance before kneeling on the jubilant track.
Organizers added to the mood of the evening by turning off the lights and illuminating the 100-meter course before presenting the eight sprinters, and six of them finished in less than 11 seconds in a stunning race.
Thompson-Herah had previously given a clue that he was in primary form with a dominant display in the semifinals, coming home at 10.76 despite slowing down long before the finish line.
Jamaica also swept the women’s 100-meter medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Thompson-Herah, who also won the 200m in 2016, has two golds and Fraser-Pryce two golds, one silver and one bronze.
“I couldn’t find the words.” I screamed so loud because I was so happy, ”said Thompson-Herah, who will also try to maintain his 200m title in Tokyo.
“Last month I didn’t think of staying here to keep my title. I’ve been struggling with my injury (Achilles) for five years and for me to stay focused, keep calm … there’s nothing more to try. “