“Very Happy With My Race”: Elaine Thompson-Herah Unfazed Despite Failing to Break Florence Griffith Joyner’s World Record

Published 09/10/2021, 10:50 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)


What a year it’s been for Elaine Thompson-Herah. After winning three golds at the Olympics, in the 100, 200 and 4x100m races, she has elevated herself to legendary status.  Following in the footsteps of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, she is destined for greatness. Moreover, she won the gold medal in the last race of the season at the Diamond League final in Zurich. However, the world record in women’s 100 and 200-meters remains to be conquered.

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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

Elaine Thompson-Herah wins again!

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The season-ending athletics finals saw Elaine sweeping the 100-meters competition, once again. Although her time did not improve from the Nike Prefontaine Classic competition. She finished the race by setting a time of 10.65 in this race. Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith took home second place.

After the race, Thompson-Herah spoke about being satisfied with her achievements in this season.

“I am very happy with my race. It’s good to add a Diamond League trophy to my collection, it has been a long season so I was just happy to cross the line healthy,” said Thompson-Herah.

Despite putting spectacular performances on the track, one record eludes her. Both the 100 and 200-meters world records. Enter Florence Griffith-Joyner!

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How hard is it to break FloJo’s record?

In terms of charisma and identity, FloJo has a cult following. The bubbly athlete provided a fine mix of talent and fashion on the race track. After setting a time of 10.49 in the US trials before the 1988 Seoul Olympics, FloJo’s longstanding world record stands intact.

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The closest Elaine has come was during the Nike Prefontaine Classic competitions in Oregon. She finished the race around 0.05 seconds behind that time after putting in a blistering run of 10.54. Likewise, Fraser-Pryce became the third-fastest woman in 100-meter history by setting a time of 10.60 in the recent Diamond League meeting. But, that world record still eludes everyone.

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That’s the goal that the three famous Jamaican sprinters are targeting. Elaine, Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson have entertained the crowd with their powerful running ability in almost all the races. But, can anyone beat this long-standing world record?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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