Jamaican sprint immortal, Elaine Thompson-Herah completed an awe-inspiring season in style yesterday having coasted 10.65 seconds to win the women’s 100m at the 2021 Wanda Diamond League final, held at the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich, Switzerland.
Dina Asher-Smith took the lead from the blocks until 60m when the Jamaican [Thompson-Herah] began to pull away, leaving the Brit to finish in 10.87 seconds in second place.
The third was a photo finish between Ajla del Ponte and Daryll Neita sharing 10.93 seconds, but the Swiss [del Ponte] edged it by four thousandths of a second.
Thompson-Herah, a native of Banana Ground in Manchester Parish [Jamaica], superb stride this year began at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where she won gold in the 100m and 200m, becoming the first woman in history to achieve an Olympic ‘Double Double’.
The sprint immortal also set a new Olympic record [10.61] in the women’s 100m final before combining with Briana Williams, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson to win gold in the 4x100m relay, setting a Jamaican record in the process.
After her sterling performance in Japan, the fastest woman alive [Thompson-Herah] has run times of 10.54, 10.64, 10.72 and 10.65 and became the first woman to run four wind-legal times under 10.70 seconds.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson