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Elaine Thompson-Herah defends Olympic 100m title in all-Jamaican podium

It was a Jamaican clear sweep on the podium with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in second and Shericka Jackson taking the bronze.

On a sizzling, humid night time in Tokyo, Thompson-Herah bettered Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic file of 10.62, whereas additionally defending the Olympic title she gained in 2016.

The celebrations began even earlier than she had crossed the road, pointing along with her left arm and screaming in delight.

Was Griffith Joyner’s world file of 10.49 a chance? “Most undoubtedly, if I wasn’t celebrating,” Thompson-Herah advised reporters, and when requested once more in regards to the world file, she added: “I’m nonetheless working, it is a work in progress … Anything is feasible.”

The victory was the 29-year-old’s third Olympic gold medal, including to her 100m and 200m titles in Rio 5 years in the past and emulating compatriot Fraser-Pryce’s feat from 2008 and 2012 of efficiently defending the 100m title.

Another Jamaican, Usain Bolt, famously gained three consecutive Olympic 100m gold medals, and Thompson-Herah now has an opportunity to do the identical in Paris in three years’ time.

Thompson-Herah, Fraser-Pryce, and Jackson race clear of the field in the women's 100m final.

“Behind this 10.6 was quite a lot of nerves, and I stated: ‘You can do that, you have been right here earlier than, simply execute,'” she stated.

“I’ve extra years. I’m simply 29; I’m not 30, I’m not 40. I’m nonetheless working.”

With followers evaded Olympic occasions in Tokyo amid the pandemic, the ultimate was held in the near-empty environment of the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

As athletes had been launched forward of the race, the stadium lights had been turned off and the monitor was illuminated with the names of every competitor — a blinding begin to a race that, given the quick instances produced in the heats and semifinals, promised nice drama.

It duly delivered as Thompson-Herah went neck-and-neck with Fraser-Pryce on the midway level earlier than pulling away in the ultimate phases.

Defending world champion Fraser-Pryce — who clocked 10.74 — now has two golds, a silver, and a bronze in the 100m throughout 4 Olympic Games, whereas Jackson — third in 10.76 — provides to her 4x400m silver and 400m bronze from Rio.

Asked in regards to the celebrations that can doubtless ensue in Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce stated: “I’m hoping they are not defying the curfew orders, however I’m certain it is going to be exceptional to have three of our women stand on the podium like we did in 2008, it is unimaginable.

“I’m hoping that they are celebrating with quite a lot of optimistic vitality, they usually’re celebrating every one of many athletes and simply proceed to help us. There’s an extended approach to go — we’ve the 200m and 4x100m.”

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