Sunday 29 November, 2020

Elaine Thompson-Herah runs fastest 100m race of the year in Rome

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah poses for photographers after winning in 10.85 seconds the women's 100m competition at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea IAAF Diamond League athletics meet in Rome, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia).

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah poses for photographers after winning in 10.85 seconds the women's 100m competition at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea IAAF Diamond League athletics meet in Rome, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia).

Jamaica’s Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah returned to international competition in sizzling form on Thursday, setting the fastest time of the year in the short sprint, with 10.85 in Rome - the third stop on the Wanda Diamond League circuit.

That took her just above her compatriot, rival and fellow Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who has a best of 10.86 this year

Thompson-Herah is delighted to have found her best form again after three years dogged by injury. She finished almost three metres clear of runner-up Aleia Hobbs (11.12) and Marie-Josee Ta Lou (11.14).

Meanwhile,  South Africa’s Akani Simbine was similarly dominant in the men’s 100m in 9.96, while Jamaican Julian Forte finished seventh in 10.15 seconds.

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