Thompson-Herah has Griffith-Joyner’s 100m record in her ‘reach’

Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 100m, said on Wednesday that Florence Griffith-33-year-old Joyner’s world record in the event is within her “reach” before this week’s Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.

Thompson-Herah, 29, successfully defended her Olympic title in July with a time of 10.61 seconds and will compete in Switzerland on Thursday in dry circumstances with little wind.

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Griffith-Joyner of the United States ran a personal best of 10.49 seconds in 1988, and Thompson-Herah of Oregon ran a lifetime best of 10.54 seconds on Saturday.

“I had no intention of breaking that record when I went to Prefontaine,” she remarked.

“After a long championship, it was just another race day, and I came out with a personal best.

“10.5 is absolutely within my grasp, but I wouldn’t call it a goal at this time.

“If I receive it on a great day with perfect weather, I would definitely challenge it,” she continued.

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