Jamaican sprinter leaves field behind in world-leading 10.85 at Rome Diamond League

Elaine Thompson-Herah

Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah ran a world-leading 10.85 seconds (0.2m/s) to win the women’s 100m last week in the Rome Diamond League meeting in Italy, extending her unbeaten run in the event to six straight this season.
Thompson-Herah, who took over the world lead from compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who ran 10.86 seconds in Kingston on August 22 last, dominated the race to beat the American Aleia Hobbs (11.12 seconds) and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast (11.14 seconds), both season’s best.
The Jamaican got off to a good start before running away from the field in the latter stages to win comfortably.,
She says Thursday’s win had given her a clear outline of her form ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The event was Thompson’s first outside of Jamaica this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has crippled international sport for most of the year.