Shelly | Thompson | Shericka The Fastest Women | Will They Break The World Record In 2022 ?

Shelly | Thompson | Shericka The Fastest Women | Will They Break The World Record In 2022 ?
Elaine Thompson-Herah won the women’s 100-meter gold medal for the second consecutive Olympics, edging out her Jamaican teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Shericka Jackson won the bronze, completing a Jamaican sweep of medals — the country’s first three medals of the Games.
Thompson-Herah, 29, set an Olympic record with her time of 10.61 seconds and was 12-hundredths of a second off the world record set by Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. Fraser-Pryce, who led midway through the race, was overtaken by Thompson-Herah at about the 60-meter mark.
After two days of heats, the athletes have been calling the Olympic Stadium track fast — “superfast,” as Fraser-Pryce put it. And the women’s 100 final was just that, with Thompson-Herah’s Olympic record and Jackson’s personal best time of 10.76.
Fraser-Pryce relies heavily on her start and needed to build an early lead over Thompson-Herah of at least a couple of meters if she was to win. But Thompson-Herah had one of the best starts of her career and stayed close to Fraser-Pryce during the acceleration phase of the race — up to 30 meters or so.
Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah appeared to be moving in sync for much of the middle portion of the race, but eventually the taller Thompson-Herah would use her longer strides to create a higher top-end speed, and maintain it longer. At about 60 meters into the race, Thompson-Herah began to overtake Fraser-Pryce.
Thompson-Herah maintained more speed in the latter part of the race and extended her lead during the final 20 meters. Jackson, the bronze medalist, closed well, almost passing Fraser-Pryce. It was an impressive sprint and finish for Jackson, a 400-meter specialist who doesn’t possess the same top-end speed as the other two medalists. Thompson-Herah remained tall and loose in the final meters, and showed why she is considered a fast closer — her long legs carried her well over two meters per stride; longer, and faster, than Fraser-Pryce’s.
Fraser-Pryce, who is looking to add to her 100m victories in 2008 and 2012, was not too far off her top pace in the semi-finals at Tokyo's Olympic stadium, clocking 10.73 despite easing off in the last few yards.

Fellow Jamaican and defending Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah showed she will not hand the gold medal on a platter to Fraser-Pryce when the final is held later on Saturday.

Running in the first semi-final, Thompson-Herah blazed ahead of the field early and maintained the big gap to finish with a time of 10.76.

Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou, the 32-year-old silver medallist at the world championships, was the fastest during Friday's preliminaries and produced another blistering run of 10.79 to finish top of the second semi-final.
Swiss Ajla del Ponte qualified behind Thompson-Herah from the first semi-final while Ta Lou was pushed hard by Jamaican Shericka Jackson, who was ruled second in a photo finish.

The field for the semi-finals was weakened after Nigerian sprinter and 2008 Olympics long jump silver medallist Blessing Okagbare missed out after failing a doping test.

Okagbare had comfortably won her 100m heat on Friday with a time of 11.05 seconds.

Britain's Daryll Neita was the slowest of the eight women who will sprint to become the world's fastest woman and she made it through by one-thousandth of a second. Briton Dina Asher-Smith, the 2019 world championship 100m silver medallist, failed to qualify for the final.

Teahna Daniels was the only one of three Americans to progress from the semi-finals.
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