Thompson-Herah wins Paris Diamond League 100m 

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… but misses out on world record 

(BBC SPORT) Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah set a meet record time of 10.72 seconds to win the 100m at the Paris Diamond League but Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 world record still eludes her. 

Jamaica’s Thompson-Herah was hoping to challenge the 33-year-old mark after running the second fastest 100m of all time last weekend in 10.54. “The world record is a short-term goal,” said Thompson-Herah.

Compatriot Shericka Jackson was second and GB’s Dina Asher-Smith third. “I am a double Olympic champion, I’m Thompson-Herah wins Paris Diamond League 100m with my performance,” said Thompson-Herah, who won the 100m/200m double in Tokyo after doing the same at the Rio Games in 2016.

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“I have never been this fast. I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished in 2021.” She also clocked 10.64 in Lausanne on Thursday behind fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s time of 10.60 – the third fastest time of all time. Fraser-Pryce did not compete in Paris because of fatigue.

Asher-Smith clocked 11.06 in third, while fellow Briton Daryll Neita, who made the Olympic final in Tokyo, ran 11.12. Elsewhere, Olympic champion Armand Duplantis won the pole vault with a clearance of 6.01m.

Fred Kerley, the 100m silver medallist in Tokyo, beat fellow American Kenny Bednarek in the men’s 200m. Morocco’s Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali – the first non-Kenyan since 1980 to win Olympic gold in the event – fell at the first hurdle and needed treatment trackside. Benjamin Kigen won the race with a world-leading time of 8:07.12.



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