Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates after crossing the finish line ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Tokyo on Saturday. Reuters
Gulf Today Report
2016 Rio Olympics champion Elaine Thompson-Herah broke American Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record in the women's 100 metres final in Tokyo on Saturday.
Thompson-Herah crossed the winning line in the new Olympic record of10.61 seconds to defend her title and lead a Jamaican sweep of the medals. Joyner set the record of 10.62 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in South Korea.
Thompson-Herah’s compatriots, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the silver medal with 10.74 seconds.
After winning the medal, Thompson-Herah said that I am really excited to come back and retain my title. My chest hurts, I am so happy.
Her win also continues Jamaica's domination in the event, winning the gold since the Beijing Olympics and 2008 finishing in the top three since the Barcelona Olympics 1992. No Olympic champion had broken 10.7 since Joyner back in the day.
Thompson-Herah wasn't sure she would either as she approached the finish. But I knew that I won, she said. The pointing, I don’t know what it means. To show that I was clear, she said.
Keleti, who celebrates her birthday on Jan.9, is also Hungary's most successful gymnast, and one of the most decorated Jewish athletes in history. While she now has dementia that affects her short-term memory, her feisty spirit remains intact.
The Abes' success gave Japan its third and fourth gold medal of the day after Yuto Horigome took skateboarding's first Olympic title and swimmer Yui Ohashi was the surprise winner of the women's 400m individual competition.
China won the mixed doubles the previous day and had hopes of pulling off a golden badminton sweep in Tokyo, after a spotty performance at the Rio Games in Brazil. In 2012, at London Games, China won all 5 badminton gold medals.
Emma McKeon, who has pocketed four golds in Tokyo, swam the butterfly leg as part of Australia's 'Awesome Foursome' in the medley relay, with Cate Campbell's superb final leg pushing the United States into silver.
India need another five wickets to win the second Test as New Zealand chase an improbable 540 despite the Kiwis' Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel returning a record 14-225 on Sunday.
In honour of the UAE's 50th National Day, the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club hosted an 8-10 goal handicap tournament with the participation of four homegrown teams in the country.
For the first time in its history, the Euro Cup Dragon Boat Championship will take place outside of Europe and will be hosted in Dubai at the Waterfront Market, Deira, on December 10-11.