Tokyo Olympics – Elaine Thompson-Herah leads Jamaican 1-2-3 in women’s 100 meters final

Elaine Thompson-Herah led a Jamaican top three in the women’s 100m final in Tokyo while successfully defending her Olympic title.

Thompson-Herah set an Olympic record of 10.61 seconds when she beat her teammates Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in second place and Shericka Jackson in third place.

Daryll Neita from Great Britain finished in eighth place.

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah stormed to gold in the women's 100m final in Tokyo

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah stormed to gold in the women’s 100m final in Tokyo

Reigning Olympic champion Thompson-Herah defeated her compatriot Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price to take the gold medal in Tokyo

Reigning Olympic champion Thompson-Herah defeated her compatriot Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price to take the gold medal in Tokyo

Reigning Olympic champion Thompson-Herah defeated her compatriot Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price to take the gold medal in Tokyo

Thompson-Herah marks her new Olympic record of 10.61, the second fastest time in history

Thompson-Herah marks her new Olympic record of 10.61, the second fastest time in history

Thompson-Herah marks her new Olympic record of 10.61, the second fastest time in history

Thompson-Herah’s time of 10.61 makes her the second fastest woman in history with only American Florence Griffith-Joyner going faster when she set the world record of 10.49 in 1988.

It came after Dina Asher-Smith, the hopeful British medalist, failed to qualify for the final and then withdrew from the 200m event after revealing she was struggling with a hamstring injury in the lead up to the Olympics.

Asher-Smith burst into tears during a live interview on the BBC when her dreams of Olympic gold were shattered.

In her semi-final in the 100 meters she could only achieve a disappointing third place and a time of 11.05 seconds.

Dina Asher-Smith was in tears as she spoke about how a hamstring injury ruined her Olympic dreams, confirming she was withdrawing from the 200m

Dina Asher-Smith was in tears as she spoke about how a hamstring injury ruined her Olympic dreams, confirming she was withdrawing from the 200m

Dina Asher-Smith was in tears as she spoke about how a hamstring injury ruined her Olympic dreams, confirming she was withdrawing from the 200m

That left Asher-Smith confident that he was one of the two fastest losers to reach the final, but a twist of fate left his place with British team-mate Neita.

The 25-year-old then confirmed her withdrawal from the 200m, where she was tipped to win gold, after talks with her trainer John Blackie.

Asher-Smith revealed she tore her hamstring during the British trials last month and surgery would have required a break of at least three months.

Asher-Smith had sought a second diagnosis that showed she had suffered a hamstring tear rather than a fracture, but Asher-Smith made it to the Olympics but would never perform close to her best with such a disrupted preparation.

British medal hopes Asher-Smith had a disappointing third place in her 100m semi-final

British medal hopes Asher-Smith had a disappointing third place in her 100m semi-final

British medal hopes Asher-Smith had a disappointing third place in her 100m semi-final

She said, “The last few weeks of my athlete life have been absolutely insane.

“I wanted to come and be completely candid with everyone about my form and life and what happened.

“I withdrew from both Stockholm and Gateshead because in the final of the trial I pulled my hamstring at 60m, I tore it badly and was initially told in Manchester it was a fracture and I needed surgery and it would be take three to four months to come back.

“It’s been a lot to deal with because honestly, with that diagnosis, I just can’t go to Tokyo, so we had this whole statement ready to go, but then I happily went and got a second opinion and it was a slight misdiagnosis – even though there was still a tear, it wasn’t a fracture, my hamstring was still stuck, so we turned every stone to make sure I could stand on the line.”

Asher-Smith confirmed she was withdrawing from the other events, adding: “I’m going to retire, I just had a chat with John. Because I was in such good shape as the reigning world champion, you know that the Olympic champion doesn’t get much further.

Asher-Smith was not quick enough to qualify for the 100m final as she struggles with an injury

Asher-Smith was not quick enough to qualify for the 100m final as she struggles with an injury

Asher-Smith was not quick enough to qualify for the 100m final as she struggles with an injury

“But because of the travel and three weeks off from running, one week slow and then the last week trying to get things going and hoping for the best.

“I’m really proud to be able to run my races and get to this point, but if you’re talking about the standard where I want to be and know I’m capable, there are a lot more championships for me to come and kill.

‘We are in the middle of a cycle of four to five years. And yes, I got a hamstring tear at the most inopportune moment, but it doesn’t change the caliber of the athlete I really am.

“If I want to show that I needed a few more weeks of strength training and speed endurance to close that gap when I tried running again.

“John told me it’s a no and while that broke my heart because I’m a competitor, the 200 I would do it because that’s the athlete I am. But he’s wiser than me and it’s the Olympics, but there’s another one.”

After finishing third in her semifinal, Asher-Smith was left waiting to see if she qualified

After finishing third in her semifinal, Asher-Smith was left waiting to see if she qualified

After finishing third in her semifinal, Asher-Smith was left waiting to see if she qualified

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