Jamaica: Thompson-Herah beats Fraser-Pryce in Hungary

Elaine Thompson-Herah solidified her readiness for the Tokyo Olympics by defeating Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women’s 100m at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial – a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting – in Szekesfehervar, Hungary on Tuesday

Thompson-Herah, who finished third behind Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson at Jamaica’s Olympic Trials just two weeks ago, pulled away from the world champion in the latter stages to stop the clock at 10.71 (0.6m/s) – just 0.01 shy of her personal best and equalling the time she ran to win Olympic gold in 2016.

Fraser-Pryce,  who one month clocked 10.63 to become the second-fastest woman in history,  was second in 10.82, finishing just ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou (10.86) and Blessing Okagbare (10.89).

“I’m very happy with 10.71,” said Thompson-Herah, who has now recaptured the form that carried her to a sprint double in Rio five years ago. “It’s not quite a PB, but I’m very grateful.”


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