Tokyo Olympics – Elaine Thompson-Herah leads Jamaican 1-2-3 in women's 100m final


Elaine Thompson-Herah led a Jamaican top three in the women’s 100 metres final in Tokyo as she successfully defended her Olympic title.

Thompson-Herah achieved an Olympic record of 10.61 seconds as she edged out her team-mates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in second and Shericka Jackson in third.

Great Britain’s Daryll Neita finished in eighth position.  

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah stormed to gold in the women's 100m final in Tokyo

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah stormed to gold in the women’s 100m final in Tokyo

Reigning Olympic champion Thompson-Herah beat her fellow Jamaican Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price to take the gold medal in Tokyo

Reigning Olympic champion Thompson-Herah beat her fellow Jamaican Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price to take the gold medal in Tokyo 

Thompson-Herah’s time of 10.61 makes her the second fastest woman in history with only the American Florence Griffith-Joyner going quicker when she set the world record of 10.49 in 1988. 

It came after British medal hopeful Dina Asher-Smith failed to qualify for the final and subsequently withdrew from the 200 metres event after revealing her struggles with a hamstring injury in the build-up to the Olympics. 

Asher-Smith broke down on tears during a live interview on the BBC as her dreams of Olympic gold were left in tatters.

She could only manage an underwhelming third-placed finish and a time of 11.05 seconds in her 100m semi-final.

Dina Asher-Smith was in tears as she spoke about how a hamstring injury wrecked her Olympics dreams, confirming she was withdrawing from the 200 metres

Dina Asher-Smith was in tears as she spoke about how a hamstring injury wrecked her Olympics dreams, confirming she was withdrawing from the 200 metres 

That left Asher-Smith relying on being one of two fastest losers to scrape into the final but, in a twist of fate, he spot was taken by British team-mate Neita.

The 25-year-old then confirmed her withdrawal from the 200m, where she was tipped to win gold, following conversations with her trainer John Blackie.

Asher-Smith revealed she had torn her hamstring in the British trials last month and that surgery would have necessitated a lay-off of at least three months.

Having sought a second diagnosis that found she had suffered a hamstring tear rather than a rupture, Asher-Smith made the Olympics but was never likely to perform near her best with such disrupted preparation.

British medal hope Asher-Smith had finished an underwhelming third in her 100m semi-final

British medal hope Asher-Smith had finished an underwhelming third in her 100m semi-final

She said: ‘The last few weeks of my athlete life have been absolutely insane.

‘I wanted to come and be completely upfront with everybody on my form and life and just what has happened.

‘I pulled out of both Stockholm and Gateshead because in the trials final, I actually pulled my hamstring at 60m, I tore it pretty bad and I was initially told in Manchester that it was a rupture and that I would require surgery and it would take three to four months to get back.

‘It’s been a lot to deal with because quite frankly, with that diagnosis, I just can’t go to Tokyo, so we had this whole statement ready to go but then I thankfully went and got a second opinion and it was a slight misdiagnosis – even though there was still a tear, it wasn’t a rupture, my hamstring was still attached, so we turned over every single stone to make sure I can stand on the line.’

Confirming she was pulling out of the other events, Asher-Smith added: ‘I am going to pull out I just had the chat with John. Because as a reigning world champion, I was in such good shape, you know the Olympic champion is not too much of a further step. 

Asher-Smith wasn't quick enough to qualify for the 100m final as she struggles with injury

Asher-Smith wasn’t quick enough to qualify for the 100m final as she struggles with injury

‘But because of the journey and having three weeks off running, a week running slowly and then the last week trying to get things going and hope for the best.

‘I’m really proud to be able to execute my races and get to this point but when you’re talking about the standard I want to be at and know that I’m capable of there are plenty more championships for me to come and kill.

‘We’re in the middle of a four to five year cycle. And yeah, I got a hamstring tear at the most inconvenient time but it doesn’t change the calibre of athlete I actually am.

‘If I want to showcase that I needed a few more weeks of more power training and speed endurance to fill that gap to when I was trying to run again. 

‘John told me it’s a no and even though that broke my heart because I am a competitor, the 200 I would do it because that’s the athlete I am. But he’s wiser than me and it’s the Olympics but there is another one.’

After finishing third in her semi-final, Asher-Smith was left waiting to see if she had qualified

After finishing third in her semi-final, Asher-Smith was left waiting to see if she had qualified



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