Thompson-Herah, Fraser-Pryce and Jackson advance in 100mFriday, July 30, 2021
TOKYO, Japan- Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah started the defence of her Olympic Games women's sprint double off with a bang, winning her opening 100m heat in a sublime 10.82 seconds (0.10m/s) at the Olympic Stadium as athletics got underway on Day 7 of the Tokyo Games.
Thompson-Herah along with her compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson cruised through to the semi-finals set for Saturday morning (Jamaica time) with the final also set for just over two hours later.
Two time Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce won her heat in a controlled 10.84 seconds (1.3m/s), shutting down from about 50 metres into the race and still managing to hold off Switzerland's Ajla Del Ponte who ran a national record 10.91 seconds.
Jackson got off to a slow start but led her heat before slowing down at the end to be second to Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-lee Ahye who ran 11.06 seconds (-0.2m/s) with the Jamaican running 11.07 seconds.
Marie Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast equalled the African record after running 10.78 seconds (-0.3m/s) to win her heat.
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