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The easier target is 200m – Thompson Herah

Published:Thursday | September 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer
THOMPSON HERAH
THOMPSON HERAH

Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah is just 0.05 away from the 100m world record, but she said yesterday that the 200m world record might be easier to break. Speaking on the eve of the 2021 Wanda Diamond League finale in Zürich,...

Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah is just 0.05 away from the 100m world record, but she said yesterday that the 200m world record might be easier to break.

Speaking on the eve of the 2021 Wanda Diamond League finale in Zürich, Switzerland, Thompson Herah indicated that she needs to start perfectly to improve the 100m record.

“To be honest, I would say the 200,” she said in response to a query at a pre-meet press conference before the final, “because I ran 21.53s not getting enough recovery from running rounds the previous day, so I would say the 200m than the 100m.”

She was making a reference to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where she completed the 100-200m double with a run of 21.53s.

She produced that performance after running the heats and the semi-final on the previous day and after doing three races in the 100m earlier at the Games.

SECOND FASTEST SPRINTER EVER

The 29 year-old Jamaican is the second fastest sprinter of all time in both events, with only the records by the late Florence Griffith Joyner being superior at 10.49 and 21.34 seconds.

Thompson Herah has improved her start this season, and that has helped her to 100m times of 10.61s in Tokyo and 10.54s in Eugene, Oregon, after the Games. However, she told reporters in Zürich that, the start is critical in the shorter race.

“The 100m, you have to nail that start and my start is not that perfect yet, so I would say the 200m,” she said.

She is contesting the 100 in Zürich and hopes to bring the curtain down on a very successful season.

“I hope tomorrow is going to be my last,” she said. “I’m just hoping to give it my all tomorrow.”

A win would give her a US$30,000 jackpot.

In her last race, she clocked 10.72 seconds at the Paris leg of the Diamond League. A similar performance would break the Zürich meet record, which is 10.76s, by Evelyn Ashford in 1984.

That run by Ashford established a world record at the time.

Norway’s Olympic 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm destroyed his own world record in Tokyo, lowering it to 45.94s. In the Zürich press conference, he explained that it has been difficult to motivate himself after that.

“That’s not something you’re going to do every day, so it’s tough for going in there and motivating yourself because the last two or three years when I’ve been racing, I’ve been racing to try and break the world record, and now I have it, and I have to find new terms, and yes, it’s going to be process, but I’m always motivated for training, and that’s a good start, I guess,” he said.

Warholm, who broke the 29 year-old mark of 46.78 seconds by Kevin Young before his monumental Tokyo flash, will hurdle in Zürich.

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Jamaicans in action today

11:20 a.m. - Fedrick Dacres - Men’s discus throw

11:40 a.m. - Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams - Women’s triple jump

12:04 p.m. - Stephenie Ann McPherson, Candice McLeod - Women’s 400m

12:46 p.m. - Megan Tapper - Women’s 100m hurdles

12:58 p.m. - Hansle Parchment, Ronald Levy - Men’s 110m hurdles

1:29 p.m. - Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson Herah - Women’s 100m

2:03 p.m. - Natoya Goule - Women’s 800m

2:25 p.m. - Janieve Russell - Women’s 400m hurdles

2:44 p.m. - Shericka Jackson - Women’s 200m