Thirty-three years later, Florence Griffith Joyner’s 100-meter Olympic record finally fell. Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson Hera ran the women’s 100-meter final in 10.61 seconds, won the gold medal and broke Griffith Joyner’s Olympic record of 10.62 seconds. This dates back to the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
But that wasn’t the only thing Team Jamaica had won the silver and bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics and dominated the 100 meters. Shelly-Ann Fraser Price finished second in 10.74 seconds, followed by Shericka Jackson in 10.76 seconds. It won four consecutive gold medals at a Jamaican event.
Fraser Price won the gold medal in 2008 and 2012, and Thompson Hera won the gold medal in 2016. For Team USA, Teahna Daniels was the highest ranked American in 7th place.
Jamaica is known for having the best track athletes ever run at the Olympics, and Usain Bolt still holds the title of the fastest men in the world. In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister of Jamaica congratulated the athlete and Thompson Hera on making history. “I’m proud! #TeamJamaica 1,2,3 Congratulations to the women for the glorious finals! Elaine Thompson Hera, Shelly Ann Fraser Price, Shericka Jackson! Let’s keep making history!”
Griffith Joyner’s 10.49-second 100-meter world record set at the 1988 United States Olympic Trials continues.
Elaine Thompson Hella breaks Florence’s Olympic record and Jamaica dominates the women’s 100 meters
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