Elaine Thompson-Herah, a Jamaican sprinter, has secured a lucrative contract with PUMA, the company stated in a statement. The agreement was reached when the five-time Olympic champion left NIKE. She now joins Usain Bolt, the world record holder, and Olympic gold medalist.
“PUMA just felt like the natural fit, a firm that has worked with the World’s Fastest Man for decades,” Thompson said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be a member of such a distinguished group, and I can’t wait to get started.”
“I really want to shatter the world record for 100 meters.” For the past 34 years, the present one has remained unbeaten. The time has come. “I believe there is still much I can unleash.”
Bjrn Gulden, the CEO of PUMA, stated in a statement that the company will do all possible to help her smash the women’s world 100-meter record.
“We are overjoyed that Elaine has chosen to join the PUMA family,” Gulden remarked. “Her speed personifies everything we stand for as a company.” Elaine set the second-fastest time in women’s history last year and is only 0.05 seconds away from setting a world record. She is aiming for the world record in the 100 meters, and we want to assist her reach that objective with our most advanced performance products.”
Thompson-Herah became the first woman in history to win the “sprint double” in two Olympics, winning gold in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters in Rio in 2016 and again in Tokyo in 2020.
She also became the fastest woman on the planet in 2021, when she ran 10.54 seconds in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.
The 29-year-old, who was born in Manchester, Jamaica in June 1992, began running in high school. She dashed to Christiana High School, then Manchester High School. Thompson-Herah made her debut as a junior athlete in 2009, when she finished fourth in the Jamaican ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships.
Paul Francis attracted her to the University of Technology, Jamaica following high school. She significantly improved her performance under Francis’ tutelage, resulting in a season best of 11.41 seconds at the Gibson Relays. She later finished second at the Jamaican Intercollegiate Championships.
She also won gold in the 4 100 meters relay at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Morelia, running the first leg for the Jamaican team, which won in 43.58 seconds. In 2014, she won her first intercollegiate title and finished fifth at the national championships. Thompson-Herah competed for Jamaica in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, winning gold in the 4 100 m relay heats.
In 2015, she won gold in the 4100 meter relay and silver in the 200 meters at the World Championships. She went on to win bronze in the 60 meters at the 2016 World Indoor Championships.
She rose to prominence during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Elaine took gold in the 100 meters.
She was part of the relay team that won gold in the 4200 m at the World Relays in 2017, setting a competition and national record with a time of 1:29.04. She also raced in the 100 m at the 2017 World Championships in London, finishing fifth in 10.98 seconds.
She successfully defended her title at the Tokyo Olympics, setting a new world best of 10.61 seconds to beat Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson as Jamaica completed a clean sweep. It was the second-fastest 100-meter time in history, according to Time.
Thompson-success Herah’s in the field has surely benefited her financial situation. The Jamaican sprinter has a net worth of $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Thompson-Herah is married to Derron Herah, a former athlete and coach. The couple kept their relationship quiet until their wedding in November 2019.