US Track Legend Applauds Elaine Thompson-Herah for Not Claiming Flojo’s World Record Citing Century-Old Controversy: “Only Satisfied With Breaking 10.49”

Published 05/12/2022, 12:02 PM EDT
Walnut, CA – April 16: Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won the Womens 100 meter Invitational Elite prelim race with a time of 10.89 during the USATF Golden Games at the Mt. SAC Relays in Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, April 16, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Florence Griffith-Joyner is a name still fresh in every track fan’s memory. Though she is not with us anymore, her 34-year-old long-standing world record still holds. However, Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Flo Jo’s Olympic record at the Tokyo Games. And the controversy was born. For what is worth, Elaine is certainly standing against what is being proposed.

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Flo Jo still holds the world record in 100m(10.49) and the record of the fastest woman on the planet as well. Since the record was made during an Olympics trial-run in Indiana in 1988, many question its credibility. Hence, some proposed that Elaine should be handed over the title of fastest woman ever. As for Elaine, she believes if she can get near it once, she can surely break it in the next track race.

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Michael Johnson applauds Elaine Thompson-Herah for standing against the controversy

The US track legend Michael Johnson praises the Jamaican Olympic champion for her stand. In the light of Elaine’s decision, he said, “Absolute champion! Only satisfied with breaking 10.49. Not looking to be GIVEN the record due to controversy around something that happened before she was born.” Elaine is indeed a champion and there’s a very high probability that she might beat Flo Jo’s record in the near future.

Elaine Thompson-Herah doesn’t want anything as a gift. She seeks to earn the world’s fastest woman title in a fair game. This commitment certainly speaks a lot about her character as an athlete.

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What happened at the Tokyo Olympics?

When athletes compete for seconds on the track, what goes on their minds at that moment? Is it the world records resonating in a loop, or is it the sound of the crowd cheering their name as they touch the finish line? Though when Elaine Thompson-Herah started celebrating even before crossing the finish line at the Tokyo Olympics, everyone assumed she missed the world record.

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)

Perhaps it’s hard to say if an athlete’s mind can think anything else at the moment apart from the track ahead. However, still, there are many who think Elaine Thompson-Herah could have easily broken Florence Griffith-Joyner’s long-standing world record in 100m at Tokyo Games.

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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