Elaine Thompson-Herah, a five-time Olympic winner, led a trio of Jamaicans to victories at yesterday’s Paris Diamond League meet at Charléty stadium, as she bounced back from a setback to compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Thursday.
Fraser-Pryce did not compete in yesterday’s race, claiming exhaustion as the reason for her absence.
Thompson-Herah surpassed Fraser-meet Pryce’s record in the 100m with a time of 10.72 seconds (1.3m/s), while Olympic gold medalist Hansle Parchment and Danielle Williams both won their sprint hurdles races with season-best times.
Thompson-Herah dominated the race, running away from the field to win by a clear margin, breaking the meet record of 10.74 seconds set by Fraser-Pryce in 2015. Despite hinting at fatigue the day before, Thompson-Herah extended her streak of sub-10.80 seconds times to five since the semi-finals of the Olympics.
Shericka Jackson, who had been third in her previous three encounters versus Thompson-Herah in the 100m, finished second in 10.97 seconds, her seventh time under 110.00 seconds in her last nine starts. Dina Asher-Smith of the United Kingdom finished third in 11.06 seconds.
Natasha Morrison, a third Jamaican, finished fourth in 11.09 seconds, ending Jamaican women’s string of three consecutive 1-2-3 finishes in major 100m finals.
“I am thankful I crossed the line healthy,” Thompson-Herah said of her victory. I’m thrilled since I’m already in the books. I’m just concentrating on myself, my start, my execution, and being confident over the finish line.”
After a bad performance on Thursday, Parchment redeemed himself with a superb triumph yesterday, getting out to a quick start and taking control of the race from the halfway point to record a season-best 13.03 seconds (0.7m/s).
The Jamaican had hit two hurdles in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday, but was more composed and smoother yesterday as he held off American Devon Allen, who had won three days before.
Allen ran a season-best 13.08 seconds, with Daniel Roberts coming in third at 13.16 seconds.
Ronald Levy, the Jamaican champion who won bronze in Tokyo, placed fourth with 13.24 seconds, running under protest after a false start the first time.
Parchment, who has been chasing a sub-13.00 second mark for several years, said he still has some things to work on as the season progresses.
“I still think I could do a little bit better in terms of execution, but I’m satisfied with the win.” I didn’t sustain the technique enough in the last portion — I was leaning a little more than I was meant to, but otherwise, it was fine,” he added.
Parchment stated he had put the Lausanne race behind him since he knew he would make mistakes.
“I always have faith in myself.” It is impossible for races to be ideal all of the time. There will be blunders, but I’m not worried about them, and I’m ready for this challenge after Lausanne.
He told reporters, “I aim to sharpen up my technique before the last races to generate better times.”
Williams, who was competing for the second time since the Olympics, set a new Dutch national record with a time of 12.50 seconds (1.7m/s) in one of the outside lanes to win. Olympic bronze medalist Megan Tapper, who had gotten off to a fast start and led up to the halfway point of the race, was third in 12.66 seconds, while Nadine Visser set a new Dutch national record with a time of 12.58 seconds.
Williams, who did not make the Jamaican Olympic team, improved on her previous season’s best performance of 12.62 seconds, winning for the first time on the Diamond League circuit.
“It’s a season-best, and I believe I ran the race as good as I possibly could. “I’m quite confident I made a few mistakes, but I can see where I can improve for the next race,” Williams added.
Williams stated that she hoped to win the Diamond League trophy at the end of the season and that she was already working on improving her season’s best.
Janieve Russell, an Olympic finalist, finished second in the Diamond League 400m hurdles this year, sprinting strongly at the start and holding on for a podium finish in 54.75 seconds.
Gianna Woodruff of Panama won in 54.44 seconds, followed by Anna Ryzhykova of Ukraine in 54.59 seconds, and Cara Nnenya Hailey of the United States in 54.78 seconds.
Candice McLeod placed seventh in the women’s 400m, clocking 51.41 seconds. Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic won in 50.12 seconds, Sada Williams of Barbados, Jamaica, was second in 50.30 seconds, and Allison Felix of the United States was third in 50.47 seconds.
Nigel Ellis finished second in a non-Diamond League event, the men’s 100m, in 10.14 seconds (0.7m/s), while Julian Forte finished fifth in 10.21 seconds.
American In 10.04 seconds, Marvin Bracy beat Arthur Cisse of the Ivy League.