Four time Olympic medallist Ato Boldon believes that both Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah have a chance at breaking Florence Joyner’s 34 year old 100m world record. Joyner set her record in 1988 at the US Olympics trials.
Boldon, who is currently training young Jamaican sprinter Brianna Williams, expects the Tokyo Olympics gold and silver medallists to challenge and possible break the world record. “I think they’re both certainly capable,” said Boldon to sportsmaxtv.com. Yet he believes that one of them has an upper hand in the situation.
Elaine Thompson has the upper hand over Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in breaking world record
Boldon believes that Elaine Thompson has the upper hand in the race to break the 100m World Record. “I don’t know if anybody else in the immediacy can do that but I’d give Elaine a better chance just because of her form. She is so much better at 200m than so many others. I also don’t think you can look at her 10.54 at Hayward Field last year, considering she was kind of fatigued after coming off three gold medals in Tokyo, and not think there’s another five hundredths of a second somewhere to tie the 10.49,” he added.
Thompson-Herah, 29, has lowered her best time to 10.54s at the Eugene Diamond League last year. It left several anticipating for her to break the world record in the near future. Fraser-Pryce, 35, on the other hand brought down her best time to 10.60s at the Lausanne Diamond League last year.
“I don’t know how long Shelly-Ann has got left but I don’t think Tokyo was her last Olympics and I think she’ll go out after Paris in 2024. She has the talent as well. I mean, she ran 10.63 in April so anything is possible,” Boldon said.