Elaine Thompson-Herah Believes She Is Closer to Breaking FloJo’s Legendary 200m World Record Than 100m

Published 09/10/2021, 11:23 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)


Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah has been the queen of sprinting in 2021. Elaine has been stunning everyone with her scintillating performances. She has achieved almost everything this year that a sprinter could dream of. Thompson clinched the gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m at the Tokyo Olympics, and the Diamond League title.

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Now, when Elaine steps on the track, it’s obvious that she is going to make it to the top. Notably, she has also become the world’s second-fastest woman in 100m by recording the time of 10.54 seconds. The stunning time record is just a millisecond away from Flojo’s long-standing world record in 100m.

Elaine Thompson-Herah has a better recovery in 200m

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Elaine Thompson-Herah dominates both the 100m and 200m races. While it is incredible, it is also obviously taxing for an athlete to run back to back. Sprinters have to run in different races with very less time gaps, hence it gives them less time to recover their body.

Although Elaine is just 0.19 seconds away from FloJo’s record, she is being realistic. In the pre-meet press conference, Thompson revealed why she has a better chance at breaking Flojo’s 200m world record.

“To be honest, I would say the 200 because I ran 21.53 not getting enough recovery from running rounds the previous day, so I would say the 200 (metres) more than the 100,” Elaine said.

Athletics – Diamond League – Lausanne – Lausanne, Switzerland – August 26, 2021 Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning the women’s 100m final as Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah looks dejected after finishing second REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

American sprinting legend Flojo had set the world record in 200m by clocking a time of 21.34 back in 1988. At the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020, Elaine clocked a time of  21.53 seconds and won the gold medal. Notably, she achieved this feat after running heats, semi-finals, and 100m races.

Elaine wants to improve her start in 100m

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The 100m race is all about explosiveness as athletes can finish the race under 11 seconds. Hence, every part of the dash has equal importance, as there isn’t a lot of time to make a comeback.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist, Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask on the podium poses with silver medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask and bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Elaine also revealed what she thinks is her lacking factor in the 100m race. “The 100 (metres), you have to nail that start and my start is not that perfect yet, so I would say the 200 (metres world record),” Elaine said.

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Thompson is undoubtedly on the top against her contemporaries as they range from 10.70-11 seconds and beyond, while Elaine has been finishing her races between 10.50-10.70 seconds.

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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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