Jamaica’s reigning double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah added the Commonwealth 100m title to her list of accomplishments after winning the event in comfortable fashion in Birmingham on Wednesday.
The Jamaican headed into the final as a heavy favorite and easily lived up to that billing after dominating the event to cross the line in 10.95. St Lucia’s Julian Alfred continued an excellent season after finishing second to the Jamaican in 11.01. Great Britain’s Daryl Neita was third in 11.07. The Bahamas’ Tynia Gaither and Jamaica’s Natalliah Whyte were 7th and 8th respectively.
The medal was the third for the athlete at the event, but her first individual medal, adding to 4x100m relay gold and silver medals in 2014 and 2018 respectively.
In the men’s equivalent, Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala claimed top billing after winning the event in 10.01, ahead of South Africa’s Akani Simbine, the defending champion, who was second in 10.13. Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon was third in 10.14. No Caribbean male athlete made the 100m final. Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole, who won the event in 2014 finished fourth in the semi-finals.