Two of the world’s fastest women, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah, believe Florence Griffith-Joyner’s (Flo-Jo) world 100m record of 10.49 is reachable.
Fraser-Pryce has described Flo-Jo’s 10.49 as appearing vulnerable for the first time.
“A few years ago, the world record seemed far away, but now it looks possible, although Elaine is closer to it than I am right now!” Fraser-Pryce, who has a personal best of 10.63, said.
Elaine Thompson-Herah ran 10.61, pointing on the clock from 10 metres out, to win Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medal. In her next race at the Prefontaine Classic, she lowered her own Jamaican record to 10.54.
Fraser-Pryce, who was second in the Olympic Games 100m final, again was second to Thompson-Herah in Eugene.
“It’s a great feeling to be a part of this phenomenal set of women who are making a big mark on the sport. We deserve to be here at the top. This group of women are showing that we can do anything we put our minds to.
Fraser-Pryce won 100m medals during all her four Olympic Games appearances. She won back-to-back 100m titles in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She took bronze in Rio 2016 and silver in Tokyo 2020.
Thompson-Herah, who, like Fraser-Pryce, is in Lausanne for the Diamond League on Thursday (26 Aug), also spoke of the possibility of breaking the world record.
“It’s great to be running these times,” said Thompson-Herah, who just completed a historic double-double (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 sprint double)
“I didn’t come into this season with the world record on my mind, but after seeing what I did in Eugene, I know I’m close, so let’s see what happens,” she said.