Sunday 22nd August 2021
Very close to Flo-Jo’s world record
Olympic sprint champion shocks herself
Elaine Thompson-Herah is currently the measure of all things over the 100 meters. The two-time Olympic champion doesn’t give her competition a chance at the Diamond League meeting in Oregon either. It is even getting closer to the world record in the test run for the World Cup in a year’s time.
21 days after her Olympic victory in Tokyo, Elaine Thompson-Herah undercut her winning time at the Diamond League meeting in Oregon and took another step towards the world record. The Jamaican’s 10.54 seconds over 100 meters on Saturday was 0.07 seconds better than her time in Tokyo. American Florence Griffith-Joyner, who was surrounded by doping rumors, was only 0.05 seconds short of the world record of 33 years ago when she touched the ribbon tied at the finish line at the next World Athletics Championships next summer, ran wide-eyed and cheered .
“I’m a bit surprised because I haven’t run that fast in five years and I was really quick at the championships. But coming back here after two weeks and running another personal best is really amazing,” said the 29-year-old Jamaican . At the athletics meeting in Eugene, as in Japan, she was clearly ahead of her competitor Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who took 10.73 seconds and, as in Tokyo, came second in front of the third Jamaican Shericka Jackson (10.76 seconds).
The men also make for a spectacle
Sha’Carri Richardson, who missed the Olympics because of her cannabis use and the canceled record in the US qualification, had no chance and was the last to cross the finish line after 11.14 seconds. The Canadian Andre De Grasse won the men’s 100 meters with light wind support in 9.74 seconds. Fred Kerley was second with 9.78 seconds. The American had won silver at the Olympics.
The only two German starters in Oregon clearly missed the podium. Gesa Krause came in sixth over the 3000 meter obstacle, but improved her personal best this season in 9: 07.61 minutes and was faster than in fifth place at the Olympic Games. Tokyo winner Peruth Chemutai from Uganda only came in seventh, while Norah Jeruto from Kenya took the win with a world best time of 8: 53.65 minutes.
In the triple jump, the former European champion Max Heß was last with 16.72 meters and was well below his season best of 17.13 meters. Olympic champion Pedro Pichardo from Portugal won with 17.63 meters. World record holder Ryan Crouser did not come close to his best value from the US qualification in the same place, but won with 23.15 meters well ahead of Brazilian Darlan Romani (21.69 meters) and set at least one meeting record. Crouser’s best distance is 23.37 meters.