Athletics Expert Reveals Elaine Thompson-Herah’s Ingenious Running Technique That Makes Her the Fastest

Published 12/30/2021, 10:07 AM EST
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


Ever since technology came into Athletics, they have used it to perfect different techniques or stances. Hence, improved running styles and other key takeaways help athletes to become better. Back before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2016 Rio Olympics saw Elaine Thompson-Herah stealing the limelight after her stunning performance. Now, she raises her standards and is improving her times.

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During the Tokyo Olympics, she won the race by setting a new Olympic Record of 10.61. Thus, her new technique has helped her to improve on her timings and become a faster sprinter.

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Elaine Thompson-Herah improves her technique

The sensational Thompson-Herah repeated Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s feat of two consecutive Olympic gold medals in both the 100 and 200-meters competition. The change in her technique is very evident. Thus, this has led to the speedster rocketing her way past opponents. Earlier, she put pressure on her pelvic and hamstrings to force her way through.

While running at full speeds, her knee is tilted to the ground that can cause a lot of injuries, if not monitored. However, her knee faces straight ahead and gives her better balance while using her core strength to run at high speeds.

In addition, she lands a perfect T shape with her knee dead straight when it touches the ground while her pelvic position is straighter than before. Most athletes lean forward, extending their hamstrings to produce force. Thompson-Herah keeps her body straighter and her motion is equal to a gazelle being in perfect balance while being hunted down. Hence, this has helped her to get better times in the races.

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Getting closer to Flo-Jo’s record

Out of all the world records that are difficult to beat, Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 Seoul Olympics remains to be broken. She set a time of 10.49 seconds in the 100-meters competition, which remains to be the benchmark for all athletes. Thompson-Herah came mightily close during the Prefontaine Classic competition as she set a time of 10.54 seconds. Finally, the world record is looking shaky as Thompson-Herah looks determined.

SEOUL – CIRCA 1988: Florence Griffith Joyner #569 of the United States competes in the Games of the XXIV Olympiad at the 1988 Summer Olympics circa 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Although she has kept it as a short-term goal, breaking the world record would be important to her future success. Heading to the 2024 Paris Olympics, she will once again be the favorite to win the competition.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and 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 center the respect he deserves.

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