Five-time Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah has said that the late Florence Delorez Griffith-Joyner’s record time of 10.49 seconds is at a distance close enough to touch.
The native of Banana Ground in Manchester Parish [Jamaica] is in the form of her life having ran 10.61 seconds to win the women’s 100m final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan as well as her astonishing finish [10.54] at the Prefontaine Diamond League meet in Eugene, Oregon last Saturday.
Having broke Griffith Joyner’s Olympic record [10.62] over 100m and inching close to equalling her all-time record. The ‘Double Double’ Olympic champion is indeed only 0.05s off the world record of 10.49 seconds.
Speaking at today’s press conference ahead of Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Thompson-Herah was asked if she thinks she can break Flo-Jo’s record which she said “it is within reach.”
“A few years ago I was asked whether I could break that record and I said it was not possible, but for me to run a 10.54 means it is within reach… anything is possible.”
The Jamaican trio that swept the Tokyo 2020 Olympic 100m podium, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson will once again line up against the likes of Mujinga Kamnundji, Ajla del Ponte and Marie Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson