Olympic sprint legend Micheal Johnson: “There is one athlete who completely dominated the sport last year: Elaine Thompson-Herah, 100 metres, 200 metres, repeating as Olympic champion, which is very difficult to do, and threatening one of the oldest and most impressive world records in the books, the women's 100 metres. We haven't talked about anyone threatening that record, myself included, for years.
“They were just super impressive performances, winning gold in the 100, 200 and very fast times, Olympic records, coming back again in the 4 x 100 metres relay. And just so much consistency throughout the year. She just kept getting right there, close to that world record in the 100 metres which is not easy to do, and a record that has stood since 1988. Many people will say that it probably may never be broken, at least in our lifetime.”
On Jamaican sprinting: “If you look at the women's 100 metres over the last several Olympics, since 2008 for example when Usain Bolt came on the scene, Jamaican women have won that event every year. When it wasn't Elaine Thompson-Herah who won it in 2021 and 2016, it was Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who won it in 2012 and 2008, so they have been dominating. So the women didn't rise up, they were overshadowed by one athlete, The Jamaican men were dependent almost solely on Usain Bolt. Now that he’s gone, the Jamaican men didn't show up at all in Tokyo. The Jamaican women just continued to dominate as they have for years now.”