Rio 2016 100 and 200m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah beat her main rival and fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, clocking 10.71 in Hungary today ©Getty Images

The kaleidoscope that is the current women’s 100 metres event took another turn at Székesfehérvár in Hungary today as Jamaica’s Rio 2016 100 and 200m gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah won in 10.71sec - the second fastest time run this year.

In clocking a time just 0.01sec off her 2016 personal best, Thompson-Herah beat 34-year-old fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, whose clocking of 10.63 this season, putting her second on the all-time list behind the 10.49 run in 1988 by the late Florence Griffith Joyner of the United States, established her as favourite for gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Thompson was not exactly out of the picture, given she had already clocked 10.78 on May 2, but the 29-year-old’s showing in this Gyulai Istvan Memorial - the latest World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting - vividly re-stated her case.

Her time was 0.01sec faster than that registered earlier this year by Sha’Carri Richardson of the United States, who will miss the 100m individual event in Tokyo after accepting a one-month ban and the annulment of her US Olympic Trials victory having tested positive for marijuana.

Not that Fraser-Pryce would have been too disappointed after clocking 10.82, being followed home by Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, world 100 and 200m silver medallist in 2017, and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare in 10.89.

Someone was making waves in the men’s 100 metres too, as South Africa’s Commonwealth champion Akani Simbine also shifted himself up to second place in this year’s world rankings, behind the 9.77 run by Trayvon Bromell, the US Olympic trials victor, as he won in 9.84, bettering the national record of 9.89 he had set on the same track five years earlier and setting an African record.

Simbine rounded off his night by winning the 200m B race in 20.25, with the A race going to Canada’s Rio 2016 silver medallist Andre De Grasse in 19.97, just ahead of Kenneth Bednarek of the United States, who clocked 19.99.

The men’s triple jump provided a similar dynamic to the one witnessed in the women’s 100 metres as Portugal’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo, that alliterative delight, defeated the relatively new kid on the block, the exuberant Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso, with an effort of 17.92 metres, the farthest achieved this year and only 16 centimetres short of the effort he achieved in 2015 that established him fifth on the all-time list.

But like Fraser-Pryce, Zango - world bronze medallist in 2019 and world indoor record breaker this year with 18.07m - had no reason to be overly glum as he produced an effort of 17.82, his best outdoors in 2021.

The men’s 400 metres, of which much was expected, ended up without the presence of South Africa’s Rio 2016 champion and world record holder Wayde Van Niekerk, and in his absence the race went to the current world champion, Steven Gardiner of The Bahamas, in 44.47.

Bryce Deadmon of the United States was second in 44.58, with fellow American Michael Norman, whose 2019 clocking of 43.45 established him at joint-fourth on the all-time list, third in 44.65.

The women’s 400m hurdles race produced the same result as occurred at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Sunday (July 4) as Femke Bol of The Netherlands held off Shamier Little of the United States for victory.

In Sweden their respective times of 52.37 and 52.39 established them fourth and fifth on the all-time list - today the two times involved were 52.81 and 52.85.

On a day of speedy efforts, Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.34, just 0.02 off the 2021 world best she set on April 17.

In the men’s 110m hurdles, world champion and world indoor record holder Grant Holloway, whose outdoor season’s best at the US Olympic trials was just 0.01 off the 2012 world record, earned victory in a relatively conservative 13.08 from Spain’s Rio 2016 silver medallist Orlando Ortega, who clocked 13.15.

Authorised Neutral Athlete and 2015 world champion Sergey Shubenkov was third in 13.19 in what was his first international appearance since being cleared last month by a disciplinary panel of any wrongdoing after an adverse finding reported in December in what was described as "a genuinely exceptional case".

The women’s 200 metres was won by Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, third in this year’s standings with 21.82, in a time of 21.96, with Rio 2016 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who is reported to be considering a 200 and 400 metres double in Tokyo, second in 22.15 and double world champion Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands third in 22.70.

Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus won the men’s high jump with 2.37m from two Authorised Neutral Athletes, Ilya Ivanyuk and Mikhail Akimenko, second and third on 2.33.

Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi, narrowly beaten to European indoor gold by Nedesekau earlier this year, was fourth on 2.30.

Sweden’s world discus champion Daniel Stahl maintained his winning run with a best of 67.71, with former world champion Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania second on 66.71.

Ethiopia’s double world 5,000m champion Muktar Edris won the 3,000m in 7min 30.96sec from compatriots Tadese Worku and Addisu Yihune, who clocked 7:34.75 and 7:39.27 respectively.

The men’s 800 metres saw two Brits beating the US Olympic trials winner Clayton Murphy into third place, with Elliot Giles winning in 1:44.89 from Jamie Webb, who clocked 1:45.12.

Murphy, who won in Eugene in 1:43.17, the fastest in the world this year, clocked 1:45.20.

Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson won the women’s 400 metres in 49.99 ahead of Wadeline Jonathas of the United States, third-placed Tokyo 2020 qualifier at the US Olympic trials, who clocked 50.70.

Ukraine’s world long jump silver medallist Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk won with a final-three distance of 6.75 after an earlier best effort of 6.79.

Second place went to Britain’s Abigail Irozuru whose final-three effort of 6.64 followed a best of 6.64, and third place was earned by Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova of Belarus, the 2019 European indoor silver medallist, who had a final-three effort of 6.44 after reaching 6.60 in the main competition.

New Zealand’s Rio 2016 shot put bronze medallist and 2017 world champion Tom Walsh won with a best of 22.22 from Croatia’s Filip Mihaljevic, who threw 21.77.