Elaine Thompson-Herah runs 10.54 in Eugene Oregon Diamond League

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah, left, wins the 100 metres, at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (right) finished second. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd).

EUGENE, Oregon - Two-time Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah ran a record 10.54 seconds, the second-fastest women's 100m of all time, ahead of  fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win at Saturday’s Wanda Diamond League meeting in Eugene.

Leading an all-Jamaican podium just as the case at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month, Thompson-Herah powered home from her rivals to win in a new Jamaican and Diamond League record of 10.54 seconds.

Thompson-Herah, whose previous best was the 10.61 she set in retaining her 100m title in Tokyo, over-took the fast-starting Olympic silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to bolster the position she already held as the second-fastest ever behind the 1988 10.49 world record belonging to the late Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States.

The 34-year-old Fraser-Pryce, the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 gold medallist who has run 10.63 this season, was second in 10.73, with fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson completing the order of the Tokyo Olympic podium as she clocked 10.76, equalling her personal best.

The American Sha'Carri Richardson, who missed the Olympics after incurring a one-month ban following a positive test for cannabis during the US Trials, came in behind Briana Williams, the other Jamaican in the field who finished eighth in 11.09 seconds.

Richardson drifted back to ninth and last place in 11.14 on the Hayward Field track where she ran a wind-assisted 10.64 at the trials.

“To come back with a personal best after the Olympics, that is amazing,” said Thompson-Herah, whose face had lit up when she saw her time.

“It means a lot to me, because my job is to inspire a generation. I have more races, so I don’t get too excited, too carried away. I have to continue doing the job.”

On targeting faster times, she added: "I think the records are in reach, because I ran 10.5 and I have so much more in me. I don't want to get carried away - the celebrations will start in October and November, but for now I have a mission to complete!"

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