Tokyo-Elaine Thompson-Hera broke the 33-year-old Olympic record set by Florence Griffith Joiner in the women’s 100 meters.
Griffith Joiner set the old record of 10.62 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Thompson-Hera defeated his first competitor, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price, in 13 seconds. Sherica Jackson, who ran short in the Tokyo Olympics, won bronze in 10.76.
No Olympic champion has broken 10.7 since Flojo. As Thomson-Hera approaches the decision she is not sure she will do it. But “I know I won,” he said.
“Mouse, I don’t know what that means. To show that I was clear,” she said.
It was Jamaica’s first medal for women at the 2008 Beijing Games – a week that was somewhat overshadowed by Usain Bolt’s record.
But in reality, no one notices Jamaican women who have a longer history of rapid success than men in the island country. Fraser-Price finished first in that 2008 race and finished his Olympic set at 100, where he now has two gold (’08, ’12), one silver and one bronze (’16).
Fraser-Price and Thompson-Hera are heading to the reorganization at 200, where Thompson-Hera is also the current champion.
It was designed to be a fast race for several days if not months. In June, Fraser-Price ran the fourth fastest time in history at 10.63 seconds.
When the sprinters arrived in Japan, they found a fast track at the Olympic Stadium. In the previous Saturday ‘s semifinals, the Jamaicans all finished 10.8 in the list of 10 best times in Olympic history.
Then came the time to make history of Thompson-Hera.
Phlojo’s records are older than every sprinter in the women’s game, save Fraser-Price, who was born about 18 months before setting American scores. Griffith Joiner’s world record, 10.49, is still out, and no other woman has beaten 10.6.
Fraser-Price came in thinking it might be her, and the second time she crossed the line, she expressed a look of disbelief, then looked at the scoreboard and faced the stones with her hands on her hips.
Thompson-Hera was not surprised. She was looking to the left towards the clock as she approached the castle. Before he got there he pointed out Bolt’s memories of celebrating 10 meters when he scored 9.69 to break the men’s world record in 2008.
“I think I could have gone faster if I hadn’t celebrated the pointer,” Thompson-Hera said. “But to show you that there is still a lot in store. One day I can unleash that time.”
The women’s 100 formed the best race of the Olympics, ahead of the Bolt-less men’s sprint.
As if to emphasize that point, American sprinter Trevon Bromel, a favorite in men’s racing, finished fourth in his qualifying heat and had to wait nearly an hour to see if he would get one of three wild card points for Sunday’s semifinal round. .
When asked to explain the sluggish flow, he said, “Honestly, I have no words for that.”
Another surprise came at the Olympic debut of the mixed 4×400 relay, where Poland won gold and Alexander Okando of the Dominican Republic placed the Americans on the second edge.
The United States, which had been disqualified from the initial heat the night before, was re-established after the appeal, settling for the bronze. Allison Felix, who led the race to a victory two years ago at the World Championships, is not in this line.
The other medal event of the evening was the men’s discus, where Daniel Stall and Simon Peterson led 1-2 for the Swedish finish. Sweaters tied flags around their shoulders and jogged on the grass in the back during the celebration in front of a nearby empty stadium.
After a while, the real flow began, with Thompson-Hera finding herself at a place she was familiar with — first at the Olympics, but this time no woman had ever seen her on stage: 10.61.
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