Elaine Thompson-Herah knocking on door of Flo-Jo 100m world record after 10.54 clocking in Eugene

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Elaine Thompson-Herah marked her first race since completing an Olympic “double-double” by running the second-fastest 100m in history at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.

The Jamaican, who defended her 100m and 200m titles in Tokyo, won in 10.54, just 0.05seconds off Florence Griffith Joyner’s much-disputed 1988 world record. In a repeat of the Tokyo podium, compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson finished second and third respectively.

American She’Carri Richardson, who was forced to miss the Olympics after serving a one-month ban due to a positive test for cannabis, was making her return to action but finished a distant last in 11.14.

Several of Britain’s Tokyo heroins were in action but struggled to replicate their medal-winning form of a couple of weeks ago.

Keely Hodgkinson, who took silver in the women’s 800m, finished fifth as Olympic champion Athing Mu set a new American record of 1:55.04 with a runaway victory, while there was also a wide-margin success for Faith Kipyegon as she backed up her 1500m win in Tokyo with a 3:53.23 triumph at the new Hayward Field. Britain’s Laura Muir, who had finished second to the Kenyan at the Olympics, was 12th.

Olympic bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw had to settle for second in the women’s pole vault with a best clearance of 4.72m also America’s Katie Nageotte took the win with a third-time vault over 4.82m.

Dina Asher-Smith returned to individual competition for the first time since failing to qualify for the 100m final in Tokyo and finished third in the 200m in 22.06 behind Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji.

Elsewhere, Canada’s Andre de Grasse took 100m victory in 9.74 as eight men broke 10 seconds in a heavily wind-assisted race, but Noah Lyles’ blistering 19.52 over 200m was just about wind legal as the American put the disappointment of bronze in Japan behind him with the second-fastest run of his career.

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