Elaine Thompson-Herah ready for Flo-Jo's 10.49

Up to recently, few persons would have harboured thoughts of seeing Florence Griffith Joyner’s (Flo-Jo) 10.49 world record wiped off the books.

However, since Elaine Thompson-Herah’s blistering 10.61 to win the Tokyo 2020 women’s 100m final, followed by a stunning 10.54 at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, 21 August 2021, the impossible looks possible.

Even Thompson-Herah herself, when asked if she can erase the mark, replied: “Yes, I ran 10.61 and 10.54, which means I am closer, of course, but there is some more work to do so, it’s a target, of course.”

In 2015, Jeter, who was then the fastest woman alive, said: “I think that record will someday be broken.”

Flo-Jo’s 10.49 in the 100m quarterfinals at the US Olympic Trials in 1988 remains questionable. In 1995, the late Australian biomechanist, Nicholas Linthorne, wrote a report at the request of World Athletics, which stated: “The wind reading should have been measured between +5m/s and +7m/s during quarterfinal one (1) which was won in 10.49 seconds by Flo-Jo.

There were three quarterfinals that day, with the first two wind readings showing 0.0 m/s, while the third showed +5.0 m/s.

So strong was the wind that day, the triple jump competition, which was parallel to the 100m straight, gave rise to enormous measurements, in particular for an obviously unapproved world record from Willie Banks at 18.20 (+ 5.2 m/s).

Despite the controversies, Thompson-Herah aims to run faster than 10.49 seconds. “I think the records are in reach, because I ran 10.5, and I have so much more in me. I don’t want to get carried away – the celebrations will start in October and November, but for now, I have a mission to complete!”

Flo-Jo also holds the women’s 200m record of 21.34 seconds set at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in South Korea.

Thompson-Herah, on her Prefontaine Classic perpormance, said she wasn’t expecting to run that fast in Eugene. “I didn’t know I would have come out here and got another PB. I am excited and grateful at the same time.”

She said the competitors push her to the line, “They helped me … for me to go out there and run a world lead and a PB, thank you ladies, for helping me do that.”

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


  1. She doesn’t need to target her time as Flo Jo was full of drugs while running so her time doesn’t counts. America shame so dem won’t take it back and give Ottey her medal, 🙄🙄🙄🙄.


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