Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah set a competition record of 10.72 seconds to win the 100m at the Paris Diamond League, but Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 world record still eludes her.
Jamaican Thompson-Herah was hoping to challenge the 33-year-old mark after achieving the second-fastest 100m of all time last weekend at 10.54.
“The world record is a short term goal,” she said.
Her compatriot Shericka Jackson was second in 10.97 and Briton Dina Asher-Smith third.
“I am a two-time Olympic champion, I am delighted with my performance,” said Thompson-Herah, who won the double 100m / 200m in Tokyo after doing the same at the Rio Games in 2016.
“I have never been so fast. I am very happy with what I accomplished in 2021.
She also clocked a 10.64 time in Lausanne on Thursday behind the 10.60 time of compatriot Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – the third fastest time ever. Fraser-Pryce did not compete in Paris due to fatigue.
Asher-Smith, back in action after the hamstring injury that ended his Olympics, was third in 11.06, while compatriot Daryll Neita, who reached the Olympic final in Tokyo, finished in 11.12.
Sada separates Olympic medalists to finish second in Paris
Elsewhere, Olympic champion Armand Duplantis won the pole vault with a clearance of 6.01m.
Fred Kerley, the 100m silver medalist in Tokyo, beat fellow American Kenny Bednarek, who also achieved the same 19.79 in the men’s 200m, a new personal best.
Olympic champion of Morocco in the 3,000 m steeplechase Soufiane El Bakkali – the first non-Kenyan since 1980 to win Olympic gold in this event – fell at the first hurdle and had to be treated at the edge of the track.
Benjamin Kigen won the race with a record time of 8: 07.12. (BBC)