“It Was Pretty Cold”- Elaine Thompson-Herah Is ‘Grateful’ To Have Run Fast In Harsh Conditions At Diamond League

Published 08/28/2021, 1:06 PM EDT
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


At the Diamond League, after losing to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah seems to be satisfied with her performance of 10.6 seconds. The Jamaican, recently performed in Lausanne this Thursday and secured third place.

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Elaine recently bagged three gold medals at Tokyo Olympics. Securing the top-most position in 100, 200 and 4x100m relay, she left everyone speechless. Indeed, the Jamaican set the bar high with an incredible timing of 10.61 seconds, setting the Olympic record. Right after that, the Jamaican mentioned that Flojo’s timing of 10.49 was her ‘target’.

She also mentioned how motivated she felt to compete in Lausanne. However, her recent performance was definitely not one of her best. Nevertheless, she had some interesting insights to offer about her experience there.

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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

Competition at Diamond League

The 100m battle in the 100m sprint on Thursday was most certainly intense. Here, the 34-year-old, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran with a timing of 10.60. The Olympic champion in the years 2008 and 2012, recorded the third-fastest timing in the history of 100m. This happened 5 days after Thompson-Herah clocked 10.54sec at Eugene in the United States, recording the second-fastest timing.

Post her glorious performance, Fraser-Pryce said, “I had a very good feeling and I’m happy to have been able to do that time. It’s been a long season, but for me, I never give up, keep working hard and staying committed to the task”. 

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Elaine Thompson-Herah on her performance

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Thompson-Herah talked about her experience this season, saying that, “My body is tired after a long season and especially after having broken my own record four times in a month. I wasn’t thinking about the world record. I just plan to work hard and finish the season strongly.” Further, she added, “It was pretty cold for me…first time competing in cold conditions this season. It has been a long season, I doubled at the Olympics and it took a lot out of my body. To run 10.6 and not win is amazing, I am grateful for the time. I am surprised I actually ran that fast.

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Basically, both women were really close to breaking the world record of 10.49sec set by Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States in 1988. Regardless, both of them were happy and grateful for giving their best.

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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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