Jamaica takes stunning treble in women's 100m

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Thompson-Herah claims 100m gold.

Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner's 33-year-old Olympic grounds successful the women's 100 metres, pointing astatine the scoreboard adjacent earlier crossing the enactment successful 10.61 seconds Saturday to support her rubric and pb a Jamaican expanse of the medals.

Griffith Joyner acceptable the aged grounds of 10.62 astatine the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Thompson-Herah bushed her apical rival, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, by 0.13 seconds. Shericka Jackson, who moved to the shorter sprints for the Tokyo Olympics, won bronze successful 10.76.

This was the archetypal Jamaican expanse of the medals since the women did it astatine the 2008 Beijing Games – a feat somewhat overshadowed that week by the record-setting show by Usain Bolt.

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But really, determination is nary overlooking the Jamaican women, who really person a longer past of sprint occurrence than the men successful the land country. Fraser-Pryce finished connected apical successful that 2008 race, and completed her Olympic acceptable successful the 100, wherever she present has 2 golds (′08, ′12), a metallic and a bronze (′16).

Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah are headed for a imaginable rematch successful the 200, wherever Thompson-Herah is besides the defending champion.

This had been shaping up arsenic a accelerated contention for days, if not months. In June, Fraser-Pryce ran the fourth-fastest clip successful past astatine 10.63 seconds.

And erstwhile the sprinters arrived successful Japan, they discovered a accelerated way astatine Olympic Stadium. In the semi-finals earlier Saturday, the Jamaicans each cracked 10.8 to get connected the database of the 10 champion times successful Olympic history.

Thompson-Herah claims 100m gold. (Getty)

Then, it was Thompson-Herah's crook to marque history.

Flo Jo's records are older than virtually each sprinter successful the women's game, prevention Fraser-Pryce, who was calved astir 18 months earlier the American acceptable the marks. Griffith Joyner's satellite record, the 10.49, is inactive retired there, and nary different pistillate has ever breached 10.6.

Fraser-Pryce came successful reasoning it could beryllium her, and erstwhile she crossed the enactment successful second, she flashed a look of disbelief, past stood stone-faced with her hands connected her hips looking astatine the scoreboard.

Thompson-Herah wasn't surprised. She was looking near toward the timepiece arsenic she approached the line. She was pointing adjacent earlier she got there, conjuring memories of Bolt, who celebrated with 10 metres to spell erstwhile helium ran 9.69 to interruption the men's satellite grounds successful 2008.

The women's 100 shaped up arsenic perchance the champion contention of the Olympics, up of the Bolt-less men's sprint.

Jamaican prima Elaine Thompson-Herah wins the 100m last astatine the Tokyo Games. (Getty)

As if to accentuate that point, the favourite successful the men's race, American sprinter Trayvon Bromell, finished 4th successful his qualifying vigor and had to hold astir an hr to spot if he'd get 1 of 3 wild-card spots into Sunday's semifinal round.

He did, and said, "Honestly, I person nary words for it," erstwhile asked to explicate the lacklustre run.

Another astonishment came successful the Olympic debut of the mixed 4x400 relay, wherever Poland won the golden and Alexander Ogando of the Dominican Republic sprawled implicit the enactment to borderline retired the Americans for second.

The U.S., which was disqualified from the preliminary vigor the nighttime before, lone to beryllium reinstated aft an appeal, settled for bronze. Allyson Felix, who spearheaded a triumph successful this contention 2 years agone astatine the satellite championships, was not successful the lineup.

The evening's different medal lawsuit was men's discus, wherever Daniel Stahl and Simon Pettersson led a 1-2 Swedish finish. The Swedes draped flags implicit their shoulders and jogged connected the writer down the backstretch during a solemnisation successful beforehand of a near-empty stadium. Australia's Matthew Denny finished fourth.

Not agelong after, the existent moving began, and Thompson-Herah recovered herself successful a spot she was acquainted with — archetypal astatine the Olympics — but with a clip nary pistillate had ever seen connected this stage: 10.61.

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