The race was a nail-biter until the last 10 meters or so. Thompson-Herah and Jamaican teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were neck-and-neck before Thompson-Herah pulled away in the final moments. It was a remarkable race, and not just because of the close finish.
Thompson-Herah clocked in at 10.61 seconds in Saturday’s final to win gold. Her time beat Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record of 10.62 seconds. Some had previously said no one would have ever been able to beat Joyner’s record.
Thompson-Herah is the new Olympic record-holder in the women’s 100 meters. Take a look at the race below.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021
Elaine Thompson-Herah didn’t just break the Olympic record – she did it in style.
In the closing moments of the race, the Jamaican sprinter couldn’t help but point ahead to declare her victory.
“The pointing, I don’t know what it means. To show that I was clear,” Thompson-Herah said, via ESPN.com.
It was a big race for the Jamaican team. Thompson-Herah took home gold, Shelly-Ann Frayser-Price took home silver at 10.74 seconds and Sherick Jackson took home bronze with a 10.76-seconds race.
Jamaica has become the most-dominant sprinting country of the past decade or so. Usain Bolt is the most-celebrated sprinter in Olympic history.
The women’s team, meanwhile, swept medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and did it again at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.