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Elaine Thompson-Herah, of Jamaica, wins a women’s 100-meter semifinal run at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo.
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Jamaican Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah will take on Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith in a headlining 100m race at the Birmingham Diamond League on May 21, reports BBC Sports.

The giant British media house noted on May 5 that Thompson-Herah, who defended her 100m-200m sprint titles in Tokyo last summer, is the second fastest woman of all time.

Britain’s Daryll Neita, a 100m finalist in Tokyo, has been added to the field, BBC Sports said, with American Gabrielle Thomas and Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson also part of a star-studded Alexander Stadium line-up.

Thompson-Herah ran 10.54 seconds in August, just five hundredths of a second short of the world record set by American Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988, BBC Sports said.

“I’m obviously very proud of what I’ve achieved in my career so far, but there are more goals I want to achieve in the sport,” it quoted the 29-year-old Thompson-Herah as saying. “So, I’m now motivated to work even harder.”

“How Thompson-Herah bounced back to defend double Olympic crown

Dina Asher-Smith, of Britain, gestures ahead of her heat of the women’s 100-meters at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo.  Associated Press/Matthias Schrader/File

World 200m champion Asher-Smith pulled out of her Olympic individual events after a torn hamstring in the build-up to the Games hampered her preparation,” BBC Sports said. “However, the 26-year-old finished 2021 by running 10.87 seconds in Zurich in September, just four hundredths short of her 100m personal best.”

Thompson-Herah won that race in 10.65 and has beaten Asher-Smith in eight of their previous nine meetings over the distance, BBC Sports said.

It said Asher-Smith’s sole victory came when claiming silver at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

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