Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates after crossing the finish line ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Tokyo on Saturday. Reuters
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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.
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.
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"The surgery has been done in Mumbai and he is well," Kasi Viswanathan, the Chennai Super Kings chief executive, told AFP. "The recovery process will take its time."