Elaine Thompson-Herah set a new meeting record to win the women’s 100 meters at Thursday’s (12 May) Puerto Rico International Athletics Classic, a part of the Puma American Track League.
Running from lane three, she took control of the race mid-way and powered home in 10.93 seconds, the only sub-11 time of the day.
The double-double Jamaican Olympic Games champion missed her season-best time of 10.89 by a whisker. She was, however, happy with the day’s performance. “I’m happy to be here, the first time in Puerto Rico; the crowd is amazing, I just crossed the line healthy, and I am really happy about that,” said the 10.54-second sprinter.
Asked to comment on her title as “the fastest woman on the planet, an interviewer said, “that must be the coolest title ever.” “It is,” Thompson-Herah replied, “I worked very hard, and I am the quickest woman alive; it’s a pleasure to put my name in the history books, and I will continue to work to make more history.”
Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye took the second spot in 11.06 and Shania Collins of the USA was third in 11.08. Jamaican Natalliah Whyte finished fifth in 11.13.
In the men’s 100 meters, Trayvon Bromell topped the field in a new meeting record of 9.92 seconds. Fellow Americans Brandon Carnes (10.02) and Kyree King (10.11) were second and third, respectively. Jamaican Nigel Ellis finished fourth in 10.16; compatriots Ackeem Blake and Yohan Blake did not start.
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