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.”