Elaine Thompson-Herah Becomes the Fastest Woman in the World As Jamaica Sweeps Women’s 100-Meter

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The women of Jamaica are bringing home all of the medals in the 100 meter this year.

Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, all hailing from the Caribbean isle, finished 1-2-3 in a clean sweep, Yahoo reports.

This is the second time since 2008 that Jamaica has swept the women’s 100.

“This is really special. Super special. I knew I could have run this from like 2016, but I think I celebrated early too much and I knew one day it would come, hopefully,” Thompson-Herah said.

Nursing an Achilles injury and finishing third at the Jamaican Trials in both the 100 and 200, the victory was never guaranteed for Thompson-Herah.

“Two months ago, probably a month-and-a-half, I didn’t think I would be here today,” she explained. “And I held my composure, I believe in myself, I believe in God, and the team around me is very strong, I get that support. I didn’t expect to run this fast, even though I felt great during the rounds.”

“Behind this 10.61 there was a lot of nerves. I said, ‘You can do this, you’ve been here before, just execute.'”

With her latest win, the famed sprinter has three gold medals in the 100 m. At the summer games in Rio, she took home the top prize in the 200 m. 

Fraser-Pryce said she never fully recovered after stumbling on her third step. By winning the silver, she now has a total of seven Olympic medals.

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“I’m happy to be able to come out here and to represent and to compete for the championship; that’s always a plus, when you come and you give it everything you have and then whatever happens you walk away and you are grateful for the opportunity and you move to the next one,” she said.

As the only U.S. representative, Teahna Daniels ran a personal best time to make it into the race, placing seventh in the finals.

In the spirit of Usain Bolt, Thompson-Herah was pointing in celebration even before she reached the finish line.

“I think I could have gone faster if I wasn’t pointing and celebrating, really,” Thompson-Herah said. “But to show you that there’s more in store. Hopefully one day I can unleash that time.”

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