Thompson-Herah Set New Olympic Record As Jamaica Sweeps All Women’s 100M Medals


Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah Set new world Olympic record in the Women’s 100m final to clinch Olympic gold, Saturday.

Thompson-Herah clocked 10.61 seconds to break American Florence Grifith Joyner’s time of 10.62 set in the Seol Games in 1988.

Thompson-Herah was followed by Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson in 2nd and 3rd positions respectively to complete a podium sweep for Jamaica.

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Fraser-Pryce was quickest out of the blocks but could not hold off her compatriot in the second half of the race, with Thompson-Herah powering through and creating enough of a gap to her rivals that she was able to celebrate before crossing the line.

In all, six women ran under 11 seconds, making the race one of the fastest in history. Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was fourth behind the three Jamaican sprinters, with the Swiss duo of Ajla Del Ponte and Mujinga Kambundji fifth and sixth.

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