Athletics-Asher-Smith confident Griffith Joyner's 100m record can be broken

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Women's 100m - Semifinal - OLS - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Dina Asher-Smith of Britain reacts. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

(Reuters) - British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith believes that Florence Griffith Joyner's long-standing 100m world record could be in danger this season due to considerable advancements in spike and track technology.

Griffith Joyner's controversial mark has stood for 34 years after the American ran 10.49 seconds at the 1988 Olympic trials. She also set the 200m world record in Seoul later that year, winning in 21.24 seconds.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah last year clocked 10.54 in the 100m in Eugene, where the world championships will be held in July, with Asher-Smith saying that the track was ideal to break the record.

"I think someone can break it, definitely, given the advantages of shoe technology, definitely given the increase in track technology. I ran in Eugene and that track was great," the 200m world champion told reporters.

"That as well as all the advantages of the competition - domestic and international. We shouldn't put limits on ourselves. Everything seems impossible until it's done."

The 26-year-old will compete in the 100m at a Diamond League meet in Birmingham on Saturday after finishing third in the 200m in the season opener in Doha.

There will be no showdown with Olympic champion Thompson-Herah, however, after the Jamaican withdrew from the event earlier this week.

Asher-Smith, who took bronze in the 4x100m relay at the Tokyo Olympics last year, has a packed season ahead of her with the Commonwealth Games and European Championships also on the agenda.

"I'd like to double up at the Worlds and Commonwealths and, with the Europeans, we will definitely be a bit more mindful of how the World Championships is and how I feel coming off that," she said.

"It is a really tight turnaround."

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Athletics

Athletics-Okagbare handed additional one-year doping suspension
Athletics-Lyles overcomes teenager Knighton, Steiner stuns rivals to win 200m
Athletics-Jamaica's Jackson runs third fastest 200m of all time
Athletics-All five Kenyan world champions to defend titles in Eugene
Athletics-Olympic champion Jacobs wins Italian 100m title
Athletics-Injury scare for Tajay Gayle in long jump
Athletics-America's new sprint queen Jefferson ready to face Jamaica's dynamic duo
Athletics-Shericka Jackson and Yohan Blake win Jamaican 100m titles in season-best times
Athletics-Kerley scorches in 100 heats, shock exit for Richardson
Triple jump of joy for Andre ahead of C’wealth Games

Others Also Read