‘Double double’ Olympic gold medalist, Elaine Thompson-Herah proved why she’s The Moment having coasted 10.72 seconds to set a new meet record at the Paris Diamond League yesterday.
Even though Thompson-Herah did not have a good start, she started tearing away from the field by the 60m mark and was well clear by the finish, beating Shericka Jackson [10.97] and Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith [11.06] in the process.
In fact, it was the second time in a week that the fastest woman alive in the history of the 100m dash [10.54] shot down two meet records having broken Marion Jones’ record at the Prefontaine Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon on August 21, 2021.
The victory at the Diamond League meet in Paris marked the Banana Ground [Manchester Parish] native’s fifth win in six races over five weeks. Thompson-Herah won the heat, semifinal, and the women’s 100m final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan as well as winning the women’s 100m race at the Prefontaine Diamond League.
Her worst performance over the period was at the Lausanne Diamond League in Switzerland on Wednesday where she finished second in 10.64 seconds, behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce [10.60].
The Paris Diamond League was the first ever meet in the last five weeks that a Jamaican trio did not sweep all the spots on the podium as Natasha Morrison finished fourth in 11.09 seconds.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson