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Michael Johnson questions NBC decision not to interview Thompson-Herah

American sprint legend Michael Johnson blasts NBC for not interviewing the fastest woman alive Elaine Thompson-Herah after Prefontaine Classic run.

American sprint legend Michael Johnson was left bemused by NBC decision not interviewing Elaine Thompson-Herah after the Jamaican destroyed another world-class field to win the women’s 100 meters at the 2021 Prefontaine Classic – Diamond League meeting on Saturday (21).

Thompson-Herah, the second-fastest woman in history, blasted to 10.54 seconds to secure the victory at Hayward Field and set a Jamaican national record, personal best and Diamond League mark.

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However, instead of interviewing the Olympic champion to get her reaction about creeping ever so closer to the late Florence Griffith Joyner 33-year-old world record of 10.49sec, the network opted to only talk to Sha’Carri Richardson about her comeback, which was puzzling to Johnson.

Johnson tweeted after the race: “I’m not understanding @nbc not interviewing @FastElaine after running 10.54!

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“I understand interviewing @itskerrii since, let’s be honest, she was a major part of the story. But this is kind of ridiculous! #Prefontaine.”

Saturday race was the first for Richardson since being banned for one month after testing positive for marijuana after her victory at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials in June.

The 21-year-old had promised to deliver something special after missing out on competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, but she was never a factor on Saturday, ending the race in last place with a time of 11.14sec.

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“I am the sixth fastest woman in this game, ever,” Richardson told NBC in her interview. “And nobody can ever take that from me. Congratulations to the winners, but they are not done seeing me yet. Period.”

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for World-Track.org. He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of SportingAlert.com and TrackAlerts.com.

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