With no Jamaican male sprinters qualifying for the men’s 100m finals, all eyes were turned to the women’s 100m for a possible spot on the podium at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah accepted the challenge and claimed not only a place on the podium but her first individual medal at the Games.
Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole and Conroy Jones were both unable to proceed to the men’s 100m finals with their times of 10.24 seconds and 10.33 seconds respectively. But there was still a chance of Jamaica earning a spot on the podium for the women’s 100m with 30-year-old five-time Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah, and 24-year-old Natalliah Whyte. Remona Burchell was, unfortunately, unable to qualify in semi-final 1 and finished fourth with 11.48 seconds.
Natalliah Whyte was not able to finish in the top three, but Thompson-Herah, who had promised a comeback after a difficult start to the season, made her first step in keeping that promise on Wednesday, securing gold with 10.95 seconds. Julien Alfred of St. Lucia will take home silver, finishing with a time of 11.01 seconds, and England’s Daryll Neita, who ran a new personal best of 10.90 in Semi-final 3, claimed third place with 11.07 seconds.
Watch race below.