The double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah has the expertise, the observe, and the situations to lastly break Florence Griffith Joyner’s 100m world report on the Diamond League last in Zurich, her fellow sprinter Andre De Grasse has predicted.
A fortnight in the past Thompson-Herah ran 10.54 sec in Eugene – the second quickest time in historical past and simply 0.05sec off Flo-Jo’s report. And De Grasse, who won 200m gold in Tokyo, believes it’s doable she will be able to make historical past given the nice and cozy climate and the newly resurfaced observe on the Letzigrund Stadium.
“The observe is very nice,” mentioned De Grasse. “I did a pair dash classes on it on Tuesday so I feel it’s doable. I noticed Elaine run at Prefontaine on a really quick observe and she or he ran exceptionally effectively. So I feel with the correct situations, the best way the climate is, the gang, I feel every thing is simply gonna amplify that. It’s undoubtedly doable.”
Thompson-Herah, who spent lockdown learning Griffith Joyner and Usain Bolt’s outdated races to search for technical enhancements, is now the quickest lady alive in addition to the 100m and 200m champion. However she believes there may be nonetheless room for enchancment. “I have to nail my begin for the 100m and I haven’t nailed it but,” she mentioned.
The Jamaican will meet Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, who’s near her finest once more after sustaining a hamstring harm 5 weeks out from the Olympics. Barely an hour later, Asher-Smith will resurface within the 200m, the place she’s going to face the 18-year-old Namibian sensation Christine Mboma and Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson.
In whole 17 Olympic champions might be competing in Zurich –together with the world report holders Karsten Warholm within the 400m, Mondo Duplantis within the pole vault and Sifan Hassan within the 1500m. Every occasion may have a prize fund of $60,000 – with $30,000 going to each winner, together with a Diamond League trophy and a bye to the 2022 world championships in Eugene.
British eyes will notably give attention to the ladies’s 800m, the place the Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson has a terrific probability of successful her first Diamond League within the absence of Athing Mu.
However the race of the night time may come within the girls’s 1500m the place the Olympic champion Religion Kipyegon and the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion Hassan are each going for a world report. There might be loads of folks to observe it too, with the race director Andreas Hediger saying “far more” than 20,000 tickets have been bought.