When the Jamaican quartet of Briana Williams, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson lined up on the tracks for the women’s 4x100m relay final at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Friday [August 6], they actually had only one agenda in mind. That is, to take down the 40.82 seconds record time set by the United State in 2012.

But, despite winning the gold medal Team Jamaica could not break the all-time record having crossed the finish line in 41.02 seconds.

In fact, Jamaica’s time of 41.02 is the third-fastest ever run over the distance, but Thompson-Herah who won three gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce believes they could have set a new record if their changes had been perfect:

“It wasn’t perfect, but we did manage to get the stick around. We didn’t get the world record, but we got a national record on Independence Day, what more could you ask for,” said Thompson-Herah.

“It was good, as an elite athlete or a senior athlete, I was just ready to make sure we took the opportunity and took the stick around and we got a national record,” noted 100m silver medalist Fraser-Pryce.

“We wanted a world record, but we also wanted Elaine to get the three gold medals because the last Olympics she missed it and now we have it,” she added.

This was Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s first ever gold medal in the 4x100m relay having been denied twice [2012, 2016] by the United State of America, winning silver on both occasions.

The gold medal also represent the first for the Jamaica women’s quartet team since they last won at Athens 2004.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson