The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) has named double-double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah as one of its Athletes of the Year.
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Thompson Herah, 29, had historic moments throughout the 2021 global athletics season, where she won two individual gold medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Her 100m win came in an Olympic record time of 10.61 seconds, while her 200m victory four days after produced a national record time of 21.53s.
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She then took her third gold medal at the Games with victory for Jamaica in the 4x100m relay.
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Thompson Herah then turned her attention to the Wanda Diamond League circuit. Competing at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, she clocked 10.54s for victory in the women’s 100m to lower the national record of 10.63s set by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce earlier that summer. Her time is the second fastest in history behind the late American Florence Griffith Joyner (Flo Jo), whose 10.49s has been a world record since 1988.
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Thompson Herah followed up that achievement by claiming her seventh Diamond in Zürich, Switzerland, winning the 100m final in 10.65s.
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