Jamaican sprint goddess – Elaine Thompson-Herah has set a new Olympic Games record having stormed to victory in the women’s 100m final in 10.61 seconds ahead of her compatriots, Shell-Ann Fraser-Pryce [10.74], and Shericka Jackson [10.76] to clinch gold at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Saturday, July 31.
The Banana Island born sprinter pressed the alarm button right from the prelims where she ghosted to victory in 10.61 seconds to win the heat, but Marie-Josee Ta-Lou [10.78], and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce [10.84] also announced their readiness having both won their heats in a spectacular fashion.
Meanwhile, Thompson-Herah who entered into the final as the defending champion having won the most prestigious individual gong in the history of the Olympics at the Rio Summer Games in 2016 proved her mettle in the final analysis.
In the final event at the Tokyo Stadium, the most decorated sprinter in the history of the world championships, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was the first to come out of the blocks but The Fast Elaine as she’s affectionately called took control of the race mid way through, ghosting past the London 2012 gold medalist to finish first.
This has put Elaine Thompson ahead of the late Florence Griffith-Joyner who set the record [10.62] at the Soul Olympic Games in 1988.
By James K Attaglo Wilson