Jamaica sweeps 100-meter race at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 1-2-3 Sweep
The women’s 100 meter race was a 1-2-3 sweep for Jamaica at the 2021 Olympics, and became an iconic moment in Jamaican history. Elaine Thompson-Herah defended her title and won with an Olympic record setting time of 10.61 seconds, becoming the fastest woman alive. Thompson-Herah set the second fastest time ever in the event. Florence Griffith-Joyner currently holds the #1 title, with a world record of 10.49 seconds.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was the fan favorite to win the race, finished second at 10.74 seconds. Fraser-Pryce took home gold in 2008, and had high hopes of retaining the medal. She ended up bringing home the silver.
Rising star Shericka Jackson came third and received bronze, sealing the deal for Jamaica to sweep the 100-meter race with a 1-2-3 victory. It’s the fourth consecutive gold medal in the event for Jamaica.
The trio broke the internet and became the trending topic for the entire day, as the entire Caribbean beamed at the success of these three amazing women.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has praised the Jamaican women runners. The Minister declared their win as one of the greatest achievements in Jamaica’s sports history.
The Minister said: “My tears flow for a grateful nation. Jamaica leads the world in female sprint. I want to congratulate Elaine Thompson-Herah on successfully defending her Olympic title.
She has made our small nation extremely proud once again, winning gold in a new Olympic Record of 10.61 and becoming the second fastest woman of all time. I am overwhelmed.
I want to also congratulate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on her silver medal. She worked very hard and she’s deserving of being on the podium.
I also congratulate Shericka Jackson on winning the bronze. Again, I must commend her. She has really shone and she has really made us proud.
So, for the second time in Olympic history, Jamaica has swept the podium places. What a great nation!”. Congratulations Team Jamaica!