Elaine Thompson-Herah wins women’s 100 metres in Olympic record time

Thompson-Herah’s time was the second-fastest in history, beaten only by Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 10.49secs set back in 1988
Elaine Thompson-Herah wins women’s 100 metres in Olympic record time

Elaine Thompson-Herah set an Olympic record time (Martin Rickett/PA)

Elaine Thompson-Herah took gold in the women’s 100 metres final to defend her title as Jamaica locked out the podium.

Thompson-Herah finished in a time of 10.61secs to set a new Olympic record and retain her crown ahead of two-time former champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with Shericka Jackson completing a 1-2-3 for Jamaica.

Thompson-Herah’s time was the second-fastest in history, beaten only by Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 10.49secs set back in 1988.

Jamaica had claimed two medals in each of the last two Olympic women’s 100m finals, but this was a repeat of their podium lockout in Beijing, when Fraser-Pryce won the first of her titles ahead of compatriots Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart.

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