Thompson-Herah Eyes Olympic 'double-double' In 200m
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Sun 01st August 2021 | 11:20 AM
Tokyo, Aug 1 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Aug, 2021 ) :Elaine Thompson-Herah sets out to follow up her Olympic 100 metres gold medal in the 200m on Monday with the athletics world wondering how much faster she can run.
The victory also left hanging the question of how much Thompson-Herah has left in the tank -- and whether more records might be within reach.
Thompson-Herah would almost certainly have clocked a faster time on Saturday had she not started celebrating well before the finish line, potentially edging her closer to Griffith Joyner's 100m world record of 12.49sec, long regarded as untouchable.
Yet after her 100m win on Saturday, Thompson-Herah says as as far as her future is concerned, "anything is possible".
"I wanted to show there was more in store. Hopefully one day I can unleash that time." Thompson-Herah admitted that she had surprised even herself with her performances in Tokyo so far.
- Lurking threats - Earlier this year she was still struggling for form and fitness, troubled by a sore Achilles.
"I never expected to run this fast," Thompson-Herah said.
"Even though I felt great during the rounds, sometimes in the finals you get nerves. Behind this 10.6 was a lot of nerves.
"But I said 'You can do this, you've been here before, just execute.'" The 200m is likely to pose a stiffer challenge for Thompson-Herah, however.
Although one obstacle has been removed, with the injury to Britain's Dina Asher-Smith that forced the reigning 200m world champion to withdraw from Monday's opening rounds, there are pitfalls lurking throughout the field.
She will again have to lock horns with compatriot and rival Fraser-Pryce, who set the world's second fastest time this year with 21.79sec at the Jamaican trials.
Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah could both be upstaged by rising American star Gabby Thomas, who became the second fastest woman in history over 200m when she clocked a world-leading 21.61sec at the US trials in Eugene in June.
The Harvard graduate is cautious about whether she thinks a world record is achievable.
"I don't want to say 'no'," Thomas said. "But I don't want to put a limit on myself. So I'm not going to say it's unattainable." Fraser-Pryce meanwhile reflected after Saturday's 100m final that women's sprinting was enjoying a renaissance. After a decade where Usain Bolt enjoyed centre stage at major championships, women's sprinting is now enjoying its moment in the spotlight.
"You just have to be prepared for anything," Fraser-Pryce said.
"I'm really excited that female sprinting is going to another level, and that's truly remarkable. It speaks to the depth that we have as females -- we always have to show up and be ready."