Jamaican Eileen Thompson-Herrah, the 100-meter gold medalist at the last Tokyo Olympics, announced that the world record held by the late American Florent Griffith-Joyner, who has stood for 33 years, will be “within reach” before meeting Lausanne in Switzerland this weekend in the Athletics Diamond League.
Thompson Hirah, 29, successfully defended her Olympic title in Tokyo, clocking 10.61 seconds, and will run her race tomorrow, “Thursday,” in dry conditions with light winds in Switzerland.
The world record is 10.49 seconds, set by Griffith-Joyner in 1988, while the Jamaican’s best record was 10.54, set in Oregon on Saturday.
“It was not my intention to break the world record in Prefontaine, it was a normal racing day, and I achieved the best number of my career after an exhausting championship,” she said. 10.5 is within my reach, of course, but I wouldn’t say it’s my goal right now,
In a full day and great weather, I will do this challenge.”
The Jamaican won triple gold in Tokyo in the 100m and 200m races and the relay four times 100m, to impose itself as the undisputed “Queen of the Sprint”.
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