The women’s 100m finals were held on day 8 of the Tokyo Olympics. The fast paced event had one of the strongest fields set, with several world champions ready to take the title of the fastest woman in the world. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was starting off in the fastest lane, while Elaine Thompson and Marie-Josee La Tou would be giving her tough competition from either side.
Sherika Jackson was another hopeful to win finish on the podium. Switzerland had two athletes in the finals, Ajla Del Ponte and Mujinga Kambundji. USA was represented by Teahna Daniels and Great Britain by Daryll Neita.
The race was off to a start, as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was the fastest off the blocks, and was looking like she would win the 100m event. However, Thompson-Herah came out of nowhere as she took the lead after the 50m mark, finishing in first place. It was victory for Elaine Thompson-Herah as she clinched the gold medal. Elaine also broke the 34 year old Olympic record, finishing in a blistering time of 10.61s.
Fraser-Pryce was right behind Thompson, as she would take home the silver medal again, finishing with a time of 10.74s. Fraser-Pryce now has 4 medals in 100m, 2 gold and 2 silver.
A clean sweep for Jamaica as Shericka Jackson takes Bronze in women’s 100m final
Shericka Jackson took off from the blocks and was vying for a medal as she went up beside Marie-Josee La Tou, who was in medal contention as they crossed the 50m mark.
Shericka gave it her all, as she managed to leave La Tou behind, and finished in third place, with a time of 10.76s, just a whisker behind Fraser-Pryce. La Tou would go one to finish fourth, with a time of 10.91s. Jackson’s bronze meant that it was a clean sweep for Jamaica, asserting their dominance in the sport.
Del Ponte would go on to finish fifth with 10.97s, while her compatriot Kambundji would take sixth place. USA’s Daniels finished in 7th, while Darrel rounded off the top 8 finalists.