The 2021 season has been an eventful one when it comes to women in athletics. From Francine Niyonsaba and Sydney McLaughlin‘s stunning world records to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah‘s record-setting rivalry on the track, the 2021 season has been a mouth-watering affair.
For the first time in women’s athletics history, as many as 10 athletes have recorded sun 10.90s timings in a single season. From Thompson-Herah, Fraser-Pryce to Asher-Smith, let’s take a look at those 10 incredible athletes who have scripted history in a record-breaking season for women’s athletics.
10 women clock under 10.90 seconds in 2021 season
10. Blessing Okagbare
The fastest Nigerian women Blessing Okagbare raced off to her personal season-best timing of 10.89s at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial meeting in Budapest. It was Okagbare’s fifth sub 11 timing of the season and was a huge morale booster for her ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Unfortunately, it was her last run of the season as she was disqualified over doping issues.
9. Twanisha Terry
22-year-old Twanisha Terry clocked her personal best timing of 10.89s at the 2021 NCAA Division I West Preliminary in Texas. Having broken the meet record in the first round, Terry was determined to go that one step further in the second round. And she did so in style to record her first sub 10.90s timing.
8. Dina Asher-Smith
Following a disappointing outing at the Tokyo Games, Dina Asher-Smith took her first step towards her previous best at the Zurich Diamond League meet. Asher-Smith clocked 10.87s, her third-best timing to finish second in the 100m final. Having finished the season a high, she embarks on a journey of retribution with the World Championships looming closer.
7. Natasha Morrison
Natasha Morrison clocked the then second-fastest time of the season, 10.87s at the TRUFit Sprint Classic in Miami. The 25-year-old bettered her personal best, which earlier stood at 10.96s with an impressive showing in Miami. With the feat, Morrison became the first Jamaican woman to clock sub 11 timing this season.
6. Teahna Daniels
American speedster Teahna Daniels shined at the big stage, the 2021 Prefontaine Classic to add her name to the elite list. Daniels recorded a timing of 10.83s as she finished fourth in the 100m final. Her previous best was at 10.84s which she achieved at the US Olympic trials.
5. Marie-Josee Ta Lou
Ivory coast sprinter Marie-Josee Ta Lou set the Tokyo Olympics 100m heat on fire with a personal best effort of 10.78s. Ta Lou equalled the African record and recorded the fifth-fastest time of the year. The African athlete was taken aback by her surreal effort as she has had never run in Japan before.
4. Shericka Jackson
Shericka Jackson recorded her personal best effort of 10.76s in the final of the Tokyo Olympics. The Jamaican put her best foot forward on the big stage and bagged the bronze medal in a Jamaican sweep at Tokyo 2020. Jackson went on to equal her personal best just after the Olympics at the Prefontaine Classic.
3. Sha’Carri Richardson
American sprint sensation Sha’Carri Richardson is not one for only big talk but she backs them up with some stunning performances. Richardson clocked 10.72s at the 2021 Miramar Invitational athletics meet in Miami. The 21-year-old recorded the then 6th fastest 100m ever and set a brand new world-leading time ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
2. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce lost the 100m gold medal in Tokyo 2020 by a whisker, 13 milliseconds to be exact, and she is not one to slip up often. Fraser-Pryce clocked a blistering 10.60s at the Athletissima Diamond League meeting in Laussane. The 34-year-old Fraser-Pryce took 0.03 secs off the personal best to record the third-fastest 100m time in history.
1. Elaine Thompson-Herah
Five-time Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah is coming off a stupendous season as she clocked the second-fastest 100m time in the history of women athletics. Thompson-Herah clocked an astounding 10.54s at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene. The Tokyo 2020 gold medallist is closer than ever to beat the 10.49 world record of the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.