Thompson-Herah wins 100, Richardson last in return
Prefontaine Classic Athletics Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah, left, wins the 100 meters, as American track and field sprinter Sha'carri Richardson, second from left, also competes, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore. Richardson finished in last place. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd) (Thomas Boyd)EUGENE, Ore. — (AP) — Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah bested her Olympic gold-medal winning time in the 100 meters at the Prefontaine Classic, and Sha'Carri Richardson finished last in her return to the track after controversy. Thompson-Herah ran the 100 meters Saturday in 10.54 seconds, the best time in the world this year as well as a meet record and a personal best. She topped her Olympic-record 10.61 in Tokyo as she edged closer to Florence Griffith Joyner's world record of 10.49 set in 1988. It's not the end of the world," Richardson said.wftv.com
Thompson-Herah breaks Flo Jo's Olympic record in women's 100
Tokyo Olympics Athletics Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica, celebrates as she wins the women's 100-meters final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo. Shericka Jackson, who moved to the shorter sprints for the Tokyo Olympics, won bronze in 10.76. Flo Jo’s records are older than virtually every sprinter in the women’s game, save Fraser-Pryce, who was born about 18 months before the American set the marks. Griffith Joyner’s world record, the 10.49, is still out there, and no other woman has ever broke 10.6. ___More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Swimming wraps up with Dressel going for another gold medal
Dressel is a gold medal favorite in the men’s 50-meter freestyle and is the two-time reigning world champion. The U.S. is also expected to contend for the gold medal in the men’s and women’s 4x100m medley relay. Here are some things to watch (all times Eastern):SWIMMINGThe final day of swimming is a big one for Caeleb Dressel. He’ll go for two more gold medals in his sights in the 50-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley relay. They would not meet until the gold medal match.wftv.com
'Wow! Wow!' Women get Olympic track off to a sizzling start
Reigning world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran her heat in the nearly empty Olympic Stadium in 10.84 seconds. And Marie-Josee Ta Lou, the Ivory Coast sprinter who finished an excruciating fourth in Rio de Janeiro, kept saying “Wow! Wow!” after she crossed the finish line in a blistering personal best of 10.78. By comparison, only one runner, Fraser-Pryce, cracked 11 seconds in the opening round five years ago in Rio de Janeiro. Fraser-Pryce ran a 10.63 back in June that has some thinking even Florence Griffith Joyner's 33-year-old world record could finally be at risk this year.wftv.com
Sha'Carri Richardson notches colorful win at Olympic trials
While Richardson's blazing speed made her close to a sure thing in the women's 100, the men's sprint is nowhere near as settled. They ran their qualifying heat Saturday, and all the “big” names made it through. Defending Olympic champion hurdler Brianna McNeal's is not. “I want to cry right now,” she said after winning her qualifying heat in the 100 hurdles. Jamaica's Olympic qualifying is next weekend, though nobody's doubting Fraser-Pryce — aka “The Pocket Rocket” — will skate through.wftv.com
Track group calls for change of Olympic protest rule
The IOC earlier this year reiterated its support of the rule that restricts protests inside the lines at the games. But in the aftermath of protests that stemmed from George Floyd's killing in May, the committee said it would consider measures that would allow athletes to make stronger protests. Among the board members signing off on the statement are Allyson Felix, Christian Taylor, Emma Coburn, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Berry was an outspoken critic of the USOPC earlier this year when it made public shows of solidarity with Black athletes, suggesting the USOPC never reached out to her on the issue. The USOPC has formed an athletes' group to look into ways to combat racism, which could include calling for changes in the rule known as Rule 50.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce crowned fastest woman in world
(CNN) - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce further staked her claim as one of the greatest female sprinters of all time by storming to victory in the women's 100 meters final at the World Championships in Doha. The Jamaican blew away a world-class field in a time of 10.71 seconds to claim her fourth world championship title in the discipline and eighth world title overall. Sunday's victory came just 13 months after Fraser-Pryce gave birth to her first son, Zyon. With years of experience on her side, Fraser-Pryce looked composed throughout the race with her trademark style lightening up the competition. The IAAF did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on the issue of crowd number at the Doha event.