Elaine Thompson-Herah leads Jamaican sweep with 100-meter gold

Elaine Thompson-Herah leads Jamaican sweep with 100-meter gold

Ledecky leaves Tokyo golden, Skinner replaces Biles; observe on SundayOn Saturday, Simone Biles withdrew from extra occasions and Novak Djokovic misplaced once more. Olympic swimming wraps up on Sunday.Sandy Hooper, USA TODAYTOKYO — Elaine Thompson-Herah didn’t assume she would be capable to defend her Olympic title.Thompson-Herah handled a nagging Achilles damage all over the Jamaican Olympic trials. In Tokyo, the reigning Olympic champion didn’t present any ailing results from a hard Achilles. The 29-year-old ran a blistering 10.61 seconds to win the ladies’s 100 meters Saturday on the Tokyo Video games. Thompson-Herah celebrated just a few meters earlier than she comfortably crossed the end line first to win her second consecutive Olympic gold medal within the 100 meters. She earned her first 100-meter gold medal, working a ten.71 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics.NEVER MISS A MEDAL: Join our Olympic e-newsletter nowINSIDE SCOOP IN TOKYO, TEXTED TO YOU: Join Olympic texts, the place we’ll be your official information to the Video games.Thompson-Herah’s new personal-record time set an Olympic report, surpassing Florence Griffith-Joyner’s time of 10.62 set in 1988. Griffith-Joyner nonetheless holds the world report of 10.49, which she additionally set that 12 months. Griffith-Joyner is the one girl in historical past to run 100 meters sooner than Thompson-Herah.The 29-year-old’s private greatest time of 10.61 additionally set a Jamaican nationwide report.”God is superb I have to say. I consider in myself and I consider in God. The group round me may be very sturdy. I didn’t anticipate to run this quick though I felt nice in between the rounds,” Thompson-Herah stated. “There have been nerves, however I stated you are able to do this, and you’ve got been there earlier than, simply execute.”Thompson-Herah beat fellow Jamaican teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.74) and Shericka Jackson (10.76). It was simply the second time in Olympic historical past the Jamaicans swept the medal stand within the ladies’s 100 meters. Additionally they completed the feat in 2008.Fraser-Pryce was favored to win the race, having taken gold on the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. She was searching for to hitch fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt as the one sprinters in historical past to win three Olympic gold medals within the 100 meters.As a substitute, Thompson-Herah joins Fraser-Pryce, Gail Devers and Wyomia Tyus as the one ladies in Olympic historical past to win back-to-back Olympic titles within the 100 meters.Teahna Daniels, the lone American within the race, completed seventh in 11.02.

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