Record-breaking Elaine Wins in 10.54 sec Prefontaine Diamond League in Oregon

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    JAMAICA’S two-time Olympic Games sprint double champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah took another giant step towards immortality in the 100m when she lowered her national record and world-leading time to 10.54 seconds (0.9m/s), after she destroyed a quality field at yesterday’s Prefontaine Diamond League meeting at the refurbished Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

    Thompson-Herah lowered her own national record and world-leading 10.61 seconds set on July 31 in the Olympic finals, and added Diamond League and meeting records to the list of accomplishments.

    Thompson-Herah’s time improves on her second-fastest 100m ever and is the fastest in 33 years since American Florence Griffiths-Joyner ran the World record 10.49 seconds in the second round of the US Trials in Indianapolis in 1988.

    In their first appearance since the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Jamaican trio of Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.73 seconds) and Shericka Jackson, who lowered her personal best yet again to 10.76 seconds, repeated their feat from Tokyo by sweeping the top three places in the race.

    Brianna Williams, who had joined them in winning the 4x100m relay gold medal in Tokyo, was eighth in 11.09 seconds as the expected challenge from American Sha’Carri Richardson did not materialise when she faded to ninth in 11.14 seconds.

    It was Richardson’s first race since she finished first in the US Trials on the same track in late June, but was subsequently stripped of that title and banned for a month after she failed a drug test and also missed the Olympic Games.

    After running 10.72 seconds, the sixth-fastest ever, in April and two more sub 10.80-second clockings, the 21 year-old was seen as the runner to end American global mediocrity in the short sprints.

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