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Elaine Thompson-Herah Runs Second Fastest Women's 100m Ever

Elaine Thompson-Herah Runs Second Fastest Women's 100m Ever

Elaine Thompson-Herah ran the second fastest 100m ever by a woman at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday.

The 29-year-old ran 10.54, just 0.05 slower than Florence Joyner-Griffith's world record which was set in 1988.

Three weeks ago, Thompson-Herah broke Joyner-Griffith's Olympic record when she won gold 100m in Tokyo, running 10.61. At the time, that was a new personal best and national record for the Jamaican.

Just as it was in Tokyo, it was a Jamaican one, two, three at Hayward Field as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished second and Shericka Jackson third.

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Sha'Carri Richardson, who was banned for the Olympics after testing positive for cannabis, made her return to action in Eugene. Though, she finished a disappointing ninth, running well below her personal best.

"To come back with a personal best after the Olympics, that is amazing," said Thompson-Herah.

"It means a lot to me, because my job is to inspire a generation. I have more races, so I don’t get too excited, too carried away. I have to continue doing the job.

"I think the records are in reach, because I ran 10.5 and I have so much more in me. I don't want to get carried away - the celebrations will start in October and November, but for now I have a mission to complete!"

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