Thompson-Herah runs 2nd fastest 100m ever

Anne M. PetersonAAP
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah wins the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.
Camera IconJamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah wins the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Credit: AP

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has run the second fastest 100 metres in history, just 0.05 seconds behind Florence Griffith Joyner's 33-year-old world record.

Jamaican Thompson-Herah clocked 10.61 seconds at the Diamond League's Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, to eclipse her gold-medal winning time of 10.61 from Tokyo.

Thompson-Herah edged closer to Florence Griffith Joyner's mark of 10.49 set in 1988.

"I'm a little bit surprised because I've not run that fast in five years and I actually ran fast at the championships," Thompson-Herah, who also won 200m and 4x100m gold in Tokyo, said.

"But to come back here after two weeks to run another personal best is a really amazing."

Fellow Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 10.73, and Sherika Jackson followed Thompson to the finish line, the same 1-2-3 finish as the Olympics.

American Sha'Carri Richardson finished last in her return to the track, after a positive marijuana test resulted in her being banned from the Olympics.

"Actually just to be back doing what it is that I have a passion for, that's in my heart, that navigates me day-to-day, was a blessing," the 21-year-old Richardson said afterward, vowing that better finishes are to come.

Her time of 10.72 in April makes her the sixth fastest woman in history.

"This last month was a journey for me, but that's no excuse, because at the end of the day I'm an athlete," Richardson said.

"Today was a day, but it's not every day. It's not the end of the world.

"And like I say, if you count me out, jokes on you."

The 200m was won by Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji.

Allyson Felix, who became the United States' most decorated Olympian in Japan, finished at the back of the field but was treated to a warm reception by the crowd.

"That's really the reason that I came, just to say thank you and gratitude," the 35-year-old Felix said.

The star-studded field for the Oregon meet included 47 medalists from the Tokyo Games.

Canadian Marco Arop won the 800m in 1:44.51, besting Olympic gold medallist Emmanuel Korir of Kenya, who finished third, and silver medalist Ferguson Rotich, who was runner-up.

On the women's side, Olympic gold medallist Athing Mu won at 800 in 1:55.04, a new American record.

Canadian Andre De Grasse won the 100m with a wind-aided 9.74 in a field that included second-place Tokyo finisher Fred Kerley, and 39-year-old Justin Gatlin.

Olympic bronze medallist Noah Lyles won the 200 in 19.52, also a meet record and a world best this year.

Kenyan Norah Jeruto won the steeplechase in 8:53.65, another meet record and a world best this year.

Kenya's Faith Kipyegon won the 1500m in 3:53.23.

The Prefontaine Classic, named after renowned Oregon runner Steve Prefontaine, is the eighth stop on the Diamond League schedule and the only US-based meet.

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