Elaine Thompson-Herah is the fastest woman in the world and the second fastest in history over 100 meters and 200 meters.
She got this title after winning silver in the 200 meter race at the 2015 World Athletics Championships.
The Tokyo Olympics proved a very successful event for Jamaican athletes and in the 100 meter final, Thompson-Herah placed first with Fraser-Pryce and Jackson receiving the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Since the Tokyo Olympics, Elaine Thompson-Herah has garnered a lot of attention, on social media and in main stream media. We decided to put together 11 facts about this Jamaican sprint queen.
When she was running for her high school, she was not a standout track athlete. Her best result at the Jamaican ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships came in 2009, when she placed fourth in the Class Two 100 meters in 12.01 seconds.
Elaine Thompson-Herah-first race below 11 secs, was in 2015
Prior to her 2015 victory at the Outdoor World Championships in Beijing, Thompson had been showcasing her talents. However, this is when she officially announced herself to the world as a great contender and one with the potential to make history.
In March 2015 she won her second Jamaican intercollegiate championship, and in April she broke through 11 seconds with her world-leading 10.92 seconds at the UTech Classic. She continued to break records when she smashed 10.97 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational, ahead of Allyson Felix and Blessing Okagbare.
The first female Jamaican sprinter to win the 100m and 200m at one Olympic Games
Thompson-Herah walked away with the gold and silver medals in Rio. She won the 100m gold with a time of 10.71, defeating Tori Bowie by 0.12 seconds. Then, she won her second gold with 21.78s in the 200m. Dafne Schippers was second in 21.88s, while Tori Bowie was third in 22.15s.
Current holder of the women’s 100m Olympics world record
She ran the second-equal fastest time in history at the Tokyo Olympics. Her time of 10.61 seconds was not only good enough for a gold medal but also set a Jamaican national record and an Olympics world record. Thompson-Herah’s fellow countrywoman Fraser-Pryce won silver with a time of 10.75 seconds and Jackson won bronze with a time of 10.85 seconds.
She is coached by Stephen Francis
After high school, Thompson was recruited to the University of Technology, Jamaica by Paul Francis, brother of MVP Track Club head coach Stephen Francis.
Thompson-Herah’s coach, Francis, told her that she could do better in training and that she was not turning in the times that she should on the track. He advised her to not be scared of people and to smile more, telling her to shake it up. She followed Francis’ advice and committed 100% to her sport.
Thompson is Married
Thompson married her long time boyfriend Derron Herah on November 2, 2019. She announced her marriage on Instagram with this message
“I have a best friend as a husband, and he is my number one supporter. He’s a family man, and he’s always giving back to God. That is what makes him a beautiful man. We’re not perfect by any means, but that makes us beautiful as well. We’re not afraid to say we’re not perfect. We have our disagreements, but that comes along with marriage.”Elaine Thompson-Herah
In 2021, Thompson-Herah competed in a Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. She won the 100m with a personal best of 10.54 seconds, which was the second fastest time in women’s history. In Lausanne, she took second in the 100m with a time of 10.64 seconds. In that race, Fraser-Pryce had a time of 10.60 and won.
To learn more about Thompson in her own words, watch this recent interview below