August 4, 2021 | Zhane Squire |
From the humble beginnings of Banana Ground Manchester Parish in Jamaica to the world stage at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Japan, 29 year old Elaine Thompson-Herah created history becoming the fastest woman alive.
With an extraordinary time of 10.61 seconds on the clock during the 100m race during the Tokyo Olympics Thompson-Herah will go down as one of the fastest woman in Olympic history.
The 4 time Olympic champion has been competing since 2013 and made her Olympic debut in 2016 during the Rio Oympic games. It was in Rio during the 100m race that she clocked her first mark below 11 seconds. The Jamaican Sprinter who has not competed since 2017 due to injuries hit the tracks at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to prove that she still had what it takes to be an Olympic champion. She did not disappoint.
Thompson-Herah competed in the 100m race on Saturday July 31st along side colleagues Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce and Sherika Jackson. All three athletes won medals walking away with gold, silver and bronze respectively.
Thompson-Herah’s exquisite performance landed her a record breaking and personal best time of 10.61 seconds. Also a finalist in the 200m race on August 3, 2021, Elaine managed to smash another record, clocking a time of 21.53 seconds claiming her titles as the fastest woman alive and the 2nd fastest in history.
The 29 years old Jamaican who challenged the status quo, made her country proud and created history while doing it, epitomizing the phrase “Its not where you come from but where you want to go.”
Competing for the first time since 2017 Thompson Herah has definitely returned to the tracks with a bang and we can only expect nothing short of continued greatness to come.