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It has been 33 years since Florence Griffith-Joyner set the current world record for women’s 100 meters. A generation later, one of the greatest female sprinters of all time has the opportunity to ban it.
The women’s 100m is becoming the event of the Tokyo Olympics, with two defending gold medal winners and the fastest result since FloJo’s astonishing 10.49 performance in 1988.
In the first round of preliminaries on Friday, the sprinter Set or equal Three national records, one African record and two personal bests.
The 2008 and 2012 champion and 2016 bronze medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce) scored 10.63 in a competition held in her hometown of Jamaica in June. To win the championship, this is the second fastest result in history.
When asked in Tokyo whether this can be improved, she said: “Of course it can.”
Several sprinters said that the reason why they can create a brilliant era is because of fierce competition.
“Everyone is coming forward,” said American athlete Jenna Prandini. “If someone runs fast, everyone else wants to be competitive and reach that level. I think it’s just a joint effort by all of us competing with each other.”
Fraser-Pryce said that there are too many talented women in the field to single out a top challenger: “Everyone is competing.”
After the three Olympics, the eyes of the world are on her compatriot Usain Bolt. She is very happy that women have become the focus of attention. “For women’s sprints, this should have been done a long time ago. I hope it will definitely live up to expectations.”
Bolt said he was more excited about the women’s 100m race in Tokyo than the men’s race, he said protector Earlier this month, “there is no doubt that the women’s final will be more interesting.”
But on Friday, when some top sprinters were asked about the absence of Shakari Richardson, there was a hint of tension in the Tokyo National Stadium. The American who ran 10.72 points this year made her a strong contender for the gold medal and did not participate in the Tokyo competition after testing positive for marijuana.
“I’m not here to talk about Shakari. I don’t know how it will help us right now,” said Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.
Fraser Price and defending champion Elaine Thompson-Hera said “no comment”, and then suddenly walked away from the reporter.
Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Côte d’Ivoire led the first round with an African record of 10.78. She said she was “shocked” by the fast game in Tokyo on the first day of the game.
“I really didn’t expect to run so fast. I never ran here. I didn’t even train in the warm-up zone. So this was my first time, and I thought,’Wow!'”
This year’s speed may have some technical variables. Since the last Olympic Games, the introduction of carbon fiber track studs is widely believed to help runners achieve faster time from 100 meters to a marathon.
Tokyo’s hot and humid weather is also popular with sprinters, who say it prevents muscle stiffness and allows for smoother running dynamics. “It’s good to perform at high temperatures because there is less pressure,” Fraser-Pryce said.
Fraser-Pryce also attributed her performance to her one-year-old son who took a vacation between the Rio Olympics and Tokyo to “reinvigorate my motivation.”
Has the strongest lineup since FloJo added pressure? “Are you kidding me?” said Teahna Daniels, the top US qualifier in the Saturday finals. “This is the most anticipated competition. To participate in the competition, to participate in the competition, I am immersed in every moment.”