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Tokyo Olympics: Jamaica’s Thompson-Herah Wins Gold In Women’s 100m

Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica celebrates winning gold medal 50 Reuters : Kai Pfaffenbach
of Jamaica celebrates winning gold medal 50
Reuters : Kai Pfaffenbach

Jamaica’s has won her second consecutive Olympic gold in the women’s 100 meters after finishing in 10.61 seconds Saturday at the Tokyo Games.

Thompson-Herah’s time set an Olympic record, surpassing Florence Griffith-Joyner’s time of 10.62 set in 1988. Griffith-Joyner holds the world record of 10.49, which she also set that year.

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Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold ·Reuters : Lucy Nicholson
of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold
Reuters : Lucy Nicholson

Thompson-Herah narrowly beat teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.74) and Shericka Jackson (10.76).

Fraser-Pryce was favored to win the race, having taken gold at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics. She was seeking to join fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt as the only sprinters in history to win three Olympic in the 100 meters.

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However, Thompson-Herah now also has two Olympic titles in the event, following up on her gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

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Teahna Daniels, the lone American in the race, finished seventh in 11.02.

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