Grenada Invitational Bellinzona Galá dei Castelli 2023 - Elaine Thompson-Herah equals Flo-Jo's world record of 10.61? Diamond League
Elaine Thompson-Herah

Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah made a bullet of a start to her 2022 campaign in the 100 meters after she cruised to a time of 10.89 seconds (1.6 m/s) to set a world-leading standard at the USATF Golden Games at Mt. Sac Relays on Saturday, April 16.

Elaine Thompson-Herah, who opened her outdoor campaign with a 400m race late last month, returned to her favoured event this weekend and she looked impressive when winning the first heat to advance to this evening’s final.

The Jamaican was happy to make such a quick start to her 100m season, noting that her aim this year is to win her first individual sprint title at the World Athletics Championships.

Elaine Thompson-Herah wrote on social media after the race, “Feels good to be back ✌🏽. Season opener 10:89.”

American Aleia Hobbs clocked 10.95 to take second, just ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye at 10.96, while Olympic 200m bronze medalist Gabby Thomas ran 11.00 to also advanced to the final from the first heat.

Meanwhile, another Jamaican, Briana Williams, posted 10.91 seconds to win the second semi-final heat, but her time was aided by a 3.0 m/s tailwind.

The Tokyo Olympic 4x100m gold medalist was delighted with the time she ran even though it was wind-aided.

Also advancing to the final from the heat were Teahna Daniels of the USA who ran 10.92 to take second behind Williams, plus compatriots Twanisha “Tee Tee” Terry (10.95), Javianne Oliver (11.02), and Tamara Clark (11.06).

On the men’s side, Oregon’s Micah Williams paced the qualifiers with a wind-assisted 9.96 secs (3.1 m/s) when winning the first semi-final race.

Among the other qualifiers for the final later are 2 Brandon Carnes (10.07), Emmanuel Matadi (10.10), Raymond Ekevwo (10.11), Aaron Brown (10.11, 3.1 m/s), and sprint hurdler Devon Allen (10.12, 3.1 m/s).

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Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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