Tokyo Olympics: Elaine Thompson-Herah wins women’s 100m sprint final | Ralph Lauren

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Elaine Thompson-Herah has kept her crown as the fastest woman on the planet after holding off two Jamaican teammates to win gold in the 100m final.

Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record, crossing the line in 10.61 seconds to defend her title.

Griffith Joyner set the old record of 10.62 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Thompson-Herah beat her top rival, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, by .13 seconds. Shericka Jackson, who moved to the shorter sprints for the Tokyo Olympics, won bronze.

Elaine Thompson-Herah.
Camera IconElaine Thompson-Herah. Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

This had been shaping up as a fast race for days, if not months. In June, Fraser-Pryce ran the fourth-fastest time in history at 10.63 seconds.

And when the sprinters arrived in Japan, they discovered a fast track at Olympic Stadium.

In the semifinals earlier, the Jamaicans all cracked 10.8 to get on the list of the 10 best times in Olympic history.



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