Elaine Thompson-Herah from Jamaica is the defending champion once again as she wins gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In just 10.61 seconds she won gold and set a new record for the 100m.
Teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce took silver for Jamaica at 10.74 seconds and another teammate Shericka Jackson took third at 10.76 seconds.
Herah may have been the defending champion but the world record hasn’t been broken for 33 years since American Florence Griffith-Joyner won gold at 10.6 seconds.
Jamaica is known to do very well in running for the Olympics and has dominated in women sprinting, in 2008 and 2012 they won gold and a bronze in 2016.
Thompson said, “I knew I had it in me, but obviously, I’ve had my ups and downs with injuries, I’ve been keeping the faith all this time. It is amazing.” Now as the fastest woman in the world she couldn’t come to think of anything but to scream with joy. “I couldn’t find the words. I screamed so loud because I was so happy.”
Thompson is one of three women who have won gold more than once. The other two are American athletes, in the 60’s it was Wyomia Tyrus and Gail Devers who competed in the 90’s.
Now as Jamaica brings home at 3 medals for this race, Thompson can celebrate her country, her 2nd win and her breaking a world record.