new-Athletics | Olympics: Thompson-Herah salutes new running technology

Elaine Thompson-Herah produced a stunning performance to secure the gold medal in the women’s 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics. Thompson-Herah‘s time of 10.61 seconds saw her become the second-fastest woman in history, as she now sits just behind Florence Griffith Joyner‘s time of 10.49 in the US Olympics trials in 1988.

She now holds the Olympic record, having beaten Griffith Joyner‘s time of 10.62 seconds, which she recorded in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

The Jamaican has successfully defended the title she won in Rio de Janeiro five years ago and was joined on the podium by compatriots Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the silver medal with a time of 10.74, and Shericka Jackson, who won bronze with a time of 10.76.

Although Fraser-Pryce led for much of the race, Thompson-Herah stretched ahead in the final 30 metres before finishing with a commanding lead.

The controversy over ‘super-spikes dominated much of the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics and the evidence of their impact was seen here, with an Olympic record sent tumbling.

It appears just a matter of time before Griffith Joyner‘s world record is also beaten, in this new era of running technology in athletics.