Olympic Gold Medalist Andre De Grasse Backs Elaine Thompson Herah to Break FloJo’s World Record at Zurich Final

Published 09/09/2021, 9:03 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Elaine Thompson-Herah of Team Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)


29-year-old Elaine Thompson Herah has been the queen of track and field in 2021. Elaine became the Olympic champion in 100m and 200m as she clinched the gold in both in Tokyo.

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Notably, her performance graph went in the upward direction even after her stellar run at the mega-quadrennial games. At the Diamond League meet in Eugene, Elaine became the world’s second-fastest woman as she clocked the time of 10.54 seconds. Interestingly, with this, she is the closest to breaking FloJo’s world record.

Olympic gold medalist, Canada’s Andre De Grasse, showcased his faith in Elaine breaking the world record in the 100m race. Andre De Grasse clinched the gold medal in the 200m race at Tokyo Olympics 2020 after a history of near-misses at the Olympics.

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Elaine Thompson Herah has everything in her favor to break the world record

American sprinting legend, Florence Griffith Joyner, established the world record in women’s 100m race back in 1988. Since then, no woman has ever come close to breaking the record until Elaine’s recent performance. FloJo had set the record at a terrific time of 10.49 seconds.

Athletics – JAAA National Senior Championships – National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica – June 27, 2021 Jamaica’s Sherika Jackson, Elaine Thompson-Hera and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in action during the women’s 200 m REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Jamaican sprinter Elaine will compete at the finals of the Diamond League in Zurich on the 9th of September 2021. Ahead of the race, Andre De Grasse talked about Elaine and how she has a realistic chance of breaking the world record in the finals.

“The track is really nice. I did a couple sprint sessions on it on Tuesday, so I think it’s possible. I saw Elaine run at Prefontaine on a very fast track and she ran exceptionally well. So I think with the right conditions, the way the weather is, the crowd, I think everything is just gonna amplify that. It’s definitely possible,” said Canadian sprinter.

Shelly-Ann, Shericka Jackson, Sha’Carri out of the 100m race

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Elaine is slated to win the race with her toughest competition fellow Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann out of the race. Shelly-Ann had withdrawn from the race earlier. At the Athletissima meet, Olympic legend Shelly-Ann had defeated Elaine, clocking the time of 10.60 seconds.

Athletics – JAAA National Senior Championships – National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica – June 25, 2021 Jamaica’s Sherica Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Prycer and Elaine Thompson-Herah in action during the women’s 100 m REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Interestingly, the likes of Shericka Jackson and Sha’Carri Richardson are also not competing in the 100m race. Although Shericka Jackson will be seen in the 200m race, she had withdrawn from the 100m race.

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Elaine is milliseconds away from the world record. The 100m women’s race will not only be about Elaine winning, but whether she will break the world record.

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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