Jul 31, 2021 - Sports

Elaine Thompson-Herah breaks 33-year Olympic record in 100m race

Elaine Thompson-Herah wins the gold in 100 meter for women in 9.61 , Olympic record, at the Tokyo Olympics,
Elaine Thompson-Herah wins the gold in 100 meter for women at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Jamaican runner Elaine Thompson-Herah won gold in the 100-meter race on Saturday with a time of 10:61 seconds, setting a new Olympic record.

Driving the news: The Jamaican runners swept the podium with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in second and Shericka Jackson taking the bronze.

  • Thompson-Herah's race time broke a 33-year-old Olympic record of 10.62. She also defended the Olympic title she won in 2016.
  • Saturday's race was Thompson-Herah's third Olympic gold medal.
  • This was also the first Jamaican sweep of the medals since the women did it at the 2008 Beijing Games, according to ESPN.

What to watch: Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah are headed for a possible rematch in the 200, where Thompson-Herah is also the defending champion, per ESPN.

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