Thompson-Herah wins 100, Richardson last in return
EUGENE, Oregon – Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah beat her Olympic gold medal time in the 100 meters at the Préfontaine Classic, and Sha’Carri Richardson was last on her return to the track after a controversy.
Thompson-Herah ran the 100 meters on Saturday in 10.54 seconds, the best time in the world this year as well as a meet and personal best. She broke her Olympic record of 10.61 in Tokyo, approaching Florence Griffith Joyner’s world record of 10.49 set in 1988.
Jamaican compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sherika Jackson followed Thompson to the finish line, the same 1-2-3 result as the Olympics.
“I’m a little surprised because I haven’t run that fast in five years and I ran fast at the championships. But coming back here after two weeks to break another personal best is really amazing, ”said Thompson-Herah.
The Diamond League run at Hayward Field was heralded as Richardson’s return to the sport after testing positive for marijuana, as well as a showdown against the Jamaicans many hoped to see in Japan.
“In fact, being back to doing what I have a passion for, which is in my heart, which guides me every day, has been a blessing,” said Richardson afterwards, swearing that better finishes are needed. to come.
Richardson won the 100 on the same track at the Olympic track and field trials in the United States in June, becoming a sensation with his long, colorful nails and great personality. But his title was taken from him after testing positive for marijuana shortly after the race.
She received a 30-day suspension that kept her out of the event in Tokyo and was subsequently excluded from the U.S. squad as part of the relay squad, although her suspension was over at the time. of the 4 × 100 race.
“This past month has been a journey for me, but that’s no excuse because at the end of the day I’m an athlete. Today was a day, but it’s not every day. It’s not the end of the world, ”said Richardson. “And like I said, if you’re counting on me, kidding on you.”
Richardson chose not to double in the 200, which was won by Mujinga Kambundji. Allyson Felix, who became America’s most decorated Olympian this summer in Japan, finished at the back of the field but was greeted warmly by the crowd.
“This is really the reason I came here, just to say thank you and gratitude,” Felix said. “There was so much love before testing, and it was so intense, and coming back here, I just wanted to show my appreciation.:
The event’s star field included 47 Tokyo Games medalists.
Canadian Marco Arop won the 800 in 1: 44.51, beating Olympic gold medalist Emmanuel Korir of Kenya, who was third, and silver medalist Ferguson Rotich, who was second. On the women’s side, Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu won the 800 in 1: 55.04, a new American record.
“I knew it was probably going to be a little more difficult just because I had just finished the Olympics and had broken a (personal best) there, so I wasn’t really looking for the time,” Mu said. “I just wanted to come here, run with those who were there and be competitive as usual. Very satisfied with the 1: 55.04. For PR again this season, that’s fine.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse won the 100 with a wind-assisted 9.74 in a field that included Fred Kerley, second from Tokyo, and Justin Gatlin, 39.
Olympic bronze medalist Noah Lyles won the 200m in 19.52, also a competition record and a world record this year.
Kenyan Norah Jeruto won the steeplechase in 8: 53.65, another competition record and a world record this year, while second place Courtney Frerichs finished in 8: 57.77 to set an American record .
Kenyan Faith Kipyegon won the 1,500m in 3: 53.23.
Ryan Crouser, a world record shot put gold medalist in the practice event, won the event at Le Pré with a record mark of 23.15 meters (75 feet, 11 1/2 inches) . Pedro Pechardo from Portugal won the triple jump,
On the women’s side, Katie Nageotte of the United States won the pole vault and Ukraine’s Iryna Gerashchenko won the high jump.
The Prefontaine Classic, named after famous Oregon rider Steve Prefontaine, is the eighth stop on the Diamond League calendar and the only US-based competition. This year’s star-studded event will serve as a preview for next year’s world championships scheduled at Hayward Field.