“I Think It’s Reachable”: Elaine Thompson-Herah Is Focused on Breaking Florence Griffith-Joyner’s Century-Old World Record

Published 05/18/2022, 11:30 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Elaine Thompson-Herah of Team Jamaica poses with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 100m Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Athletes always keep an eye for feats attained during global meets and the long standing records. While most of the records  have been smashed and new have been created at subsequent meets. However, some have stood firm throughee the test of time. And Elaine Thompson-Herah is after one such world record.

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The athlete has given some of her best performances in the past year. Thompson-Herah defended her gold in both the 100m and 200m events at the Tokyo Olympics, clocking 10.61 and 21.53 seconds. However, she achieved her personal best in 100m at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic when she completed the race in an astounding 10.54 seconds.

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Can Elaine Thompson-Herah smash the world record?

At the Prefontaine Classic, her time fell short of Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 US Olympic Trials record by five-hundredths of a second. However, given her recent performances, the athlete is predicted to smash the 34-year-old record in the 100m soon. In a recent interview, Thompson-Herah has opened up regarding the prospect of breaking the current world record. And the World Championship.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Elaine Thompson-Herah of Team Jamaica celebrates with her countries flag 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)

She has emphasized that she will keep at it irrespective of the time it takes to smash the title. Hence, it is only a matter of time till she surpasses the record. She said, “If it takes two years, five years, I will still try to break it, but I will not apply any pressure to myself because the work has to continue. I think, last year I ran everything relaxing, not thinking about world titles or world records. And if I can repeat that, not putting any pressure on myself, and repeat what I have done last year, doing even better, I think it’s reachable.”

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With the World Athletics Championships less than two months away, all eyes are set on the two-time Olympian to make history. Reflecting on this, the five-time Olympic medalist said, “I will not put the world championship on the spot and say I’m going to break the record on the world championship day.”

Nothing good has ever come from taking stress. If anything, it can inhibit one from living up to potential. Therefore, the athlete is on the right track, focusing on the task at hand.

Athletics – Diamond League – Zurich – Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland – September 9, 2021 Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates winning the women’s 100m REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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Moreover, she stated that she performed her best when not taking undue stress during events. Therefore, Thompson-Herah can push the boundaries when she is not thinking about it too much. And with the right circumstances, the athlete can achieve what others have yearned for so long.

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Aklanta Chetia

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Aklanta Chetia Wanniang is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in Literature from the University of Delhi. With an interest in learning about multiple sports, Aklanta himself is a former sportsperson and has participated in state and national level swimming events.

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