Elaine Thompson-Herah lowers national record in marquee diamond league race | Sports
In the biggest women’s 100m race of the year outside the Olympic Games final earlier this month, Tokyo champion Elaine Thompson-Herah showed her 10.61-second set was not A random.
She won the women’s 100m race at the Prefontaine Classic, the Eugene stage of the Wanda Diamond League, with a Jamaican national record of 10.54 seconds on Saturday.
Thompson Herah cleared a field made up of Tokyo’s other medalists, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (silver), Shericka Jackson (bronze); and American star Sha’Carri Richardson, who was running her first race since serving a doping ban for cannabis use in July.
The top three were the same as in Tokyo, as Fraser-Pryce was second in 10.73 and Jackson third, tying his personal best (PB) of 10.76.
Richardson, many of whom, including herself, had high expectations of participating in this race, finished ninth, last place, with a time of 11.14 seconds on the track at Hayward Field.
American Teahna Daniels was fourth in a 10.83s PB, and Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou was fifth in 10.90s. She was followed by American Javianne Oliver (PB 10.96s), Swiss Mujinga Kambundji (10.96s) and Jamaican teenager Briana Williams (11.09s).
Thompson Herah’s new PB is once again the second fastest time in history, behind the world record of 10.49 s set by the late American Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988.