VIDEO: Usain Bolt Dances in Joy After Jamaica’s Women’s 100m Clean Sweep at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/01/2021, 11:28 AM EDT


While Usain Bolt did not compete in the Tokyo Olympics this year, Jamaica did not see a shortage of gold in any way. The Women’s 100m finals saw a clean sweep from the nation, with athletes Elaine Thomson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson clinching the first, second, and third places respectively. 

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It was a clean sweep for Jamaica as the podium was all yellow, green, and black. There was never any competition for the Fraser-Pryce and Thompson, and the two were neck to neck just halfway into the race. 

However, just before the finish line, Thompson had taken a good lead and managed to win the gold medal. The entire nation celebrated this victory, and watching from home, Usain Bolt had a little party of his own as you can see below. 

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Elaine Thompson-Herah broke FloJo’s long-standing record

The 100m and 200m men’s world record holder can be seen dancing to music and celebrating the achievement. There was a lot more to talk about in Tokyo and the rest of the world, however, as a massive record came tumbling down. 

Clocking in a timing of 10.61 seconds, she broke the Olympic record of legendary American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner (FloJo) set in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics. FloJo had clocked in 19.62 seconds then, and the record stayed untouched for over three decades. 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce praised her colleagues

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce earned silver at 10.74 seconds, managing to medal in yet another Olympic Games. She was followed by Shericka Jackson who ran a personal best of 10.76 seconds to win the bronze medal. 

After the race, Fraser-Pryce was not too disappointed by the loss to her colleague. “Legacy isn’t just about winning, it’s also about gracefully watching others shine. Even through disappointment,” she wrote in a tweet. “Congratulations to two amazing athletes Elaine and Shericka. To the podium we go!!”

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Even though she did the impossible, the mission is only half-finished for Elaine Thompson-Herah. The Jamaican also has her eyes on the 200m gold medal, a title she will be defining having already won it in the Rio Games in 2016. 

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She will have more conception on the longer track but it’s nothing Thompson is not used to. The gold medal will surely prove to be a morale boost as she steps into another race, aiming for more. 

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