Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah blazed to a time of 10.95 seconds to claim Jamaica’s first gold medal on the track at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Thompson-Herah, who is the fastest woman alive in the event with a lifetime best of 10.54, put on a stellar performance to win her first gold medal in the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games. She has joined an elite club of Jamaican sprinters such as Merlene Ottey and Sheri-Ann Brooks as Jamaican women who have won the event at the championships.
The two-time Olympic 100 meters gold medalist was followed by rising sprint sensation, Julien Alfred of St. Lucia, who won the silver medal in a time of 11.01. Daryll Neita of England rounded out the top three in a time of 11.07 seconds.
Who won the Commonwealth Games men’s 100m final?
In the men’s 100 meters, no Jamaican contested the event after Kemar Bailey-Cole and Conroy Jones failed to advance from their respective semi-finals to the gold medal race. It was left to Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala, who won the gold in a time of 10.02, while Akani Simbine of South Africa (10.13) and Yupun Abeykoon of Sri Lanka (10.14) claimed the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Meanwhile, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, who advanced to the final of the women’s shot put with the furthest throw, secured Jamaica’s first medal in the field events after claiming the silver with a best effort of 18.98 meters. Lloydricia Cameron, however, missed out on a medal finish after placing fourth with her throw of 17.62 meters. The event was won by Canada’s Sarah Mitton (19.03), while Maddison-Lee Wesche of New Zealand won the bronze medal after producing a throw of 18.84 meters.
Other events contested at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games:
Men’s High Jump: Jamaica’s only competitor in the final of the event, Romaine Beckford, who has a personal best mark of 2.23 meters, missed out on a podium finish after clearing a 2.19 meters for eighth place.
Men’s 400 meters: Nathon Allen, who is the third fastest Jamaican man of all time in the event, eased into the semi-final round with a clocking of 45.18 to take the victory in heat two. He recorded the fastest qualifying time in round one and his fastest time since 2019. Meanwhile, his compatriots Anthony Cox (45.41) and Jevaughn Powell (46.14) have punched their tickets to the next round of the event. All three men will line up in the semi-finals of the 400 meters on Friday, August 5 at 3:10pm Jamaica time.
Men’s 800 meters: Jamaica’s national record holder, Navasky Anderson, secured his place to contest the final of the men’s 800 meters after finishing third in heat two in a time of 1:49.79. He will face the starter to vie for the gold medal on Sunday, August 7 at 1:35pm Jamaica time.
Women’s 400 meters: Junelle Bromfield will be the sole Jamaican to move on to the next round of the women’s 400 meters. She clocked a time of 52.04 to finish second in heat one. Her race was won by Victoria Ohuruogu of England (51.34). Meanwhile, Roneisha McGregor failed to advance to the semi-final of the event after finishing fifth in heat three in a time of 53.28, while Tiffany James-Rose was declared a non-starter in heat two. Bromfield will grace the track for the semi-final of the women’s 400 meters on Friday, August 5 at 1:32pm Jamaica time.