Thompson-Herah narrowly misses erasing Joyner’s 33 year-old 100m record

Elaine Thompson-Herah came within 0.05 seconds of Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old 100 metres world record on Saturday as she clocked the second fastest time ever at the Diamond League meeting.

The Jamaican blazed to victory at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon in 10.54 seconds, eclipsing the 10.61 she ran to defend her Olympic title in Tokyo last month.

She finished well clear of compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who clocked 10.73.

Sha’Carri Richardson, the American who missed the Olympics after testing positive for cannabis, finished last in 11.14 in her first race back following a one-month ban.


Griffith Joyner’s mark of 10.49 from 1988 has long appeared untouchable, but Thompson-Herah’s exploits this summer have brought it within reach.

After the race, Thompson-Herah commented about her feat on Facebook, saying:

“Not bad for a diamond league season 100m opener. New PB, NR, DLR second fastest time ever. Thank you all so much for the love and support. Continuous improvement is the order of the day”