Elaine Thompson-Herah Turns Table on Fraser-Pryce

L Bronson

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There was nothing but pride felt across the diaspora in 2021 as track and field fans watched Elaine Thompson Herah assert her dominance and earn the title of "Fastest Woman Alive". Photo via: Sportsmax

In a reversal of the results from the Jamaica Championships in Kingston last month-end, Olympics sprint double gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah turned in a spectacular performance to beat compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women’s 100m race at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial at the Bregyó Athletic Center in Székesfehérvár, Hungary on Tuesday.

The MVP Track Club star ran 10.71 seconds (0.6 m/s) to win fairly comfortably ahead of Fraser-Pryce in 10.82 seconds, with third place going to Marie-Jose ta Lau of Ivory Coast in 10.86 seconds. Outside of breaking the meet record of 10.99 seconds set by compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2015, the 10.71secs is just off Thompson-Herah’s personal best of 10.70 seconds and sets her up very well to retain her title in Japan early next month.

Thompson-Herah was also a winner on Saturday in Italy.

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It was a good day for Jamaicans as Shericka Jackson produced another sub-22 second run to humble Shaunae Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas in the 200m event. The MVP athlete collared Miller-Uibo early in the straight and pulled away for a comfortable win in 21.96 seconds (-0.3m/s), breaking the 22.18 seconds set by Miller-Uibo in 2019. Miller-Uibo clocked 22.15 seconds for second on Tuesday, with Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands third in 22.70 seconds.

There was also a win for 400m specialist Stephenie-Ann McPherson, who broke the 50-second barrier to win in 49.99 seconds ahead of Wadeline Jonathas of the US in 50.70 seconds and Lieke Klaver third in 51.23 seconds.

In the 400m hurdles, Janieve Russell was no match for the Netherlands’ Femke Bol, who won in a swift 52.81 seconds ahead of American Shamier Little in 52.85 seconds. Russel had to settle for third in 53.68 seconds.

Elsewhere, Fedric Dacres was third in the dis with 65.08m, behind winner, Sweden’s Daniel Stahl, who won with 67.71m, a metre ahead of Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania.

Ronald Levy was fourth in the 110m hurdles in 13.25 seconds, well off the winner, American Grant Halloway in 13.08 seconds.

Britany Anderson was fifth in the 100m hurdles in 12.80 seconds, well behind winner, Jasmine Camacho Quinn of Puerto Rico who won in 12.34 seconds.

Kemar Mowatt finished fifth in the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.69 seconds and Nigel Ellis could fare no better than sixth in the 200m in 20.73 seconds, and Rusheen McDonald seventh in the 400m in 46.79 seconds.