“God is On My Side”- Elaine Thompson-Herah Is Ready To Topple FloJo’s Legendary World Record

Published 08/22/2021, 2:47 PM 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)


The Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah delivers an amazing performance at the Prefontaine Classic, almost breaking the 33-year-old World record!

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The Jamaican Sprinter, Elaine specialises in sprinting events such as those of 100 and 200 meters. She is a proud owner of 5 Olympic medals in total. Winning 2 medals each in 100 and 200 meters back in 2016 in Rio, as well as 3 medals in 100, 200 and 4×100 meters relay at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, led her to become the fastest woman alive!

Even though she ran with a timing of 10.61 seconds, she won with a significant margin ahead of her competitors. Her competitors, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, clocked 10.74, who further beat Shericka Jackson with a close timing of 10.76 seconds. Indeed, the Jamaicans left everyone awestruck with their incredible performance.

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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 Thompson-Herah kills it at Prefontaine Classic

Successfully overtaking her competitor, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who recorded 10.73 seconds on the clock, the Jamaican secured the first position with an incredible time. Her recent Olympic timing of 10.61 seconds remarkably improved to 10.54 seconds while performing at Eugene. Showing such an incredible amelioration in her performance indicates how hard she’s been training!

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Another surprising aspect to be noted here is how Elaine is the second-fastest woman to have recorded such a timing at the Diamond League. The first being, Florence Griffith Joyner, who held the world record in both 100 and 200 meters. The Jamaican recorded a timing that was 0.5 seconds ahead of FloJo’s timing of 10.49 seconds. FloJo made the world record in 100 meters while she was competing at the Prefontaine Classic. Elaine, too, gave her personal best at the same tournament. However, she missed by breaking the record by a slight margin.

Sharing her feeling about the same, she said “I’m just 29! FloJo was like 29 when she broke that record as well. So, I was a young girl growing up and not knowing how it would be in that moment right now. So for me, coming over here to run is amazing. I ran like 4 PBS in one month is amazing. This tells me that I’m working hard.”

“The target is not really far. It takes time and patience. I’m taking it race by race and step by step every season, so after the championship I think I will not deliver that much, but I mean god is on my side and has my back so I am faithful and humble at the same time.

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Despite her talent and countless feats, the Jamaican is down to earth and hard working. Having this approach will definitely take her higher in her ladder of success.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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