October 20, 2021


Sha’Carri Richardson humbled in 100m comeback as Thompson-Herah flirts with Flo-Jo

Elaine Thompson-Herah came quite close to Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old 100m world record as she timed the second quickest time ever at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene.

The Jamaican blasted to triumph at the Prefontaine Classic in 10.54sec, obscuring the 10.61s she hurried to shield her Olympic title in Tokyo last month.

She completed well clear of comrade Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who timed 10.73.

Griffith-Joyner is the lone lady to have timed a quicker time over the distance, having established the worldwide best of 10.49 seconds in 1988.

Thompson-Herah was certain she could beat that time – and break the 200m record too.

“I have a great deal more in me, so indeed, it’s conceivable,” she said.

Sha’Carri Richardson, the American who missed the Olympics subsequent to testing positive for cannabis, completed toward the end in 11.14 in her first race back after a one-month boycott.

Richardson, 21, was disobedient regardless of the disappointing outcome in a trackside meet with NBC’s Lewis Johnson after the race, portraying it as “an extraordinary get once again to the sport”.”This is one race,” Richardson said. “I’m not done. You realize what I’m able to do. Forget about me assuming you need to. Talk all the poop you need. Since I’m setting down deep roots. I’m not done. I’m the 6th quickest lady in this game ever and can’t no one at any point take that from me.”

She added: “I needed to have the option to come and perform in the wake of having a month off and managing all I was managing. I’m not annoyed with myself by any means.”

Thompson-Herah, who finished a 100m-200m twofold briefly progressive Olympics in Tokyo, said she amazed even herself at Hayward Field, beating Fraser-Pryce by almost two-tenths of a second. Shericka Jackson completed third to rehash the Jamaicans’ Tokyo platform clear.

“To return with a (individual best) after the titles, that is astounding,” said Thompson-Herah. “I haven’t run that quick in five years.”

In the men’s 100m occasion, Tokyo bronze medallist Andre de Grasse won in a breeze helped 9.74, with Americans Fred Kerley and Ronnie Baker completing in 9.78 and 9.82, separately.

“I didn’t feel like I truly executed that day in the Olympic finals, I didn’t get off the squares,” said de Grasse. “Today I feel as I worked effectively of falling off the squares and my progress was acceptable so I realized it would have been a decent race after that.”

The meet saw fast exhibitions in all cases, as American Noah Lyles flooded out of the go to win the men’s 200 meters in a world-driving 19.52 seconds in the wake of completing a baffling third in Tokyo.

“It’s a tight little bow on the finish of the period,” said Lyles. “I feel like (after) five meetings of treatment I had the option to relinquish what occurred in Tokyo.”

Olympic boss Athing Mu won the ladies’ 800 meters in 1:55.04, her last race of the period where she additionally won gold in the 4×400 transfer.

“I feel like I’m simply running on a high, and simply returning to consecutive with things, I haven’t actually had the opportunity to plunk down and really embrace it,” said the 19-year-old American. “So ideally with the half a month I’ll will do that.”

With her key opponent and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin missing, Tokyo silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad easily took care of the 400m obstacles, winning by over one second in 52.77.

In the ladies’ 3,000m steeplechase, Kenya’s Norah Jeruto set up a world-driving 8:53.65 to win, as American Courtney Frerichs required second in 8:57.77 in the wake of winning silver in Tokyo.

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