Elaine Thompson-Herah runs second fastest women’s 100m of all time

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Photo credit: Ian Walton - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ian Walton - Getty Images

Elaine Thompson-Herah ran the second fastest women's 100m time, clocking a time of 10.54 seconds during the women’s 100m at the Eugene Diamond League on Saturday.

The Jamaican is swiftly closing in on American Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 10.49 seconds, set in 1988. Just weeks ago, Thompson-Herah broke the Olympic record when she clocked in a time of 10.61 seconds in the women’s 100m Olympic final.

‘To come back with a PB after the championships, that is amazing,’ she told Athletics Weekly after the race. ‘I haven’t run that fast in five years. It means a lot to me… because my job is to inspire a generation.’

Thompson-Herah's Jamaican compatriots, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, followed her home in second and third place respectively.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse, who took bronze in Tokyo, won the men’s 100m in 9.74 seconds. American Fred Kerley finished in second, followed by compatriot Ronnie Baker in third.

200m stars

Elsewhere, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith finished third in the 200m. She clocked a time of 22.18, showing a promising return from a hamstring injury which hampered her Olympic chances in Tokyo.

Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji won the race in a PB of 22.06, followed by American Gabrielle Thomas in 22.10.

Meanwhile, world champion and American Olympic bronze medallist Noah Lyles set a new Eugene meeting record in the men's 200m. He finished in 19.52 – just two one-hundredths of a second behind his PB.

Disappointment for GB’s Olympic medallists

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s Olympic medallists struggled to find their form.

Tokyo silver medallist Keely Hodginson finished fifth in the women’s 800m, while Laura Muir, who also won silver in Toyko, finished a disappointing 12th in the 1500m – her lowest race finish in seven years.

In an Instagram post after the event, the 28-year-old Scot said:

‘Wowsers not a good day at the office! Body feeling pretty knackered off the back of the Olympics and jet lag. I know I am in a good place and just need some more time to recover.’

Elsewhere, Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie finished eighth in women’s 800m, while Amy-Eloise Markovc clocked the fastest time by a British female athlete in a full two-mile race. She finished in 9:21.98 to finish fifth in the event.

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