Jamaican Sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah Breaks 33-Year-Old Olympic Record in Women’s 100 Meters

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah broke the Olympic record in women’s 100 meters that American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner set 33 years ago.

Thompson-Herah finished the 100-meter final in 10.61 seconds last July 31, beating the Griffith Joyner’s, widely known as Flo-Jo, record of 10.62 seconds set in the 1988 Seoul Games.

Taking home the gold, Thompson-Herah became the second fastest woman in history and now has two Olympic titles in the same event, following her victory in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Flo-Jo still holds the world record of 10.49 seconds for 100 meters, which she set at the 1988 trials for the Olympics.

Thompson-Herah’s victory marked the fourth consecutive gold medal in the event for Jamaica.

The race also marked the first Jamaican Olympic podium sweep since 2008 as two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won silver in 10.74 seconds and Shericka Jackson won bronze in 10.76 seconds.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness paid tribute to the female athletes, saying that they delivered a clean sweep “in magnificent style.”

“Our Jamaican athletes have once again shown the world that we are a global superpower in athletics,” Holness said in a statement.


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