Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner’ Olympic Record of 10.62 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the women’s 100 meters defending her title and leading a Jamaican sweep of the medals.
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“I knew I had it in me but obviously I’ve had my ups and downs with injuries,” she said Saturday, referring to a persistent ailment in 2018 and 2019. “I’ve been keeping faith all this time. It is amazing.”
Thompson-Herah finished in a time of 10.61secs to set a new Olympic record and successfully retain her crown ahead of two-time former champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with Shericka Jackson completing a 1-2-3 for Jamaica while Britain’s Daryll Neita finished last after exceeding expectations to reach the final, setting a time of 11.12secs.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took silver in 10.74. Shericka Jackson clocked a personal best of 10.76 to snag bronze.
“It is special,” Jackson said. “I am glad that I am among that one, two, three. It is the first time I have run the 100 meters at a major championship and I got a medal.”
This was the first Jamaican sweep of the medals since the women did it at the 2008 Beijing Games – a feat somewhat overshadowed that week by the record-setting performance by Usain Bolt.