Elaine Thompson-Herah named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
Elaine Thompson-Herah poses with the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award. (Photo: Twitter/Elaine Thompson-Herah)

Five-time Olympic Games gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah was on Sunday named Sportswoman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

She is the first Jamaican female and second Jamaican to win the prestigious award, joining world record holder Usain Bolt who won the men's award on four occasions - 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2017.

Thompson Herah, who also claimed the World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year award, had one if the best seasons ever.

She retained her sprint double at the Olympics and was also part of the gold medal winning 4x100m relay team while breaking both national records in the 100m and 200m.

The sprinter’s 10.54 seconds in the 100m is the second fastest ever behind the world record 10.49 seconds set in 1988 by American Florence Griffith Joyner.

Paul Reid

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