October 19, 2021

Rio Olympics 2016: Elaine Thompson wins women’s 200m gold

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From BBC

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won Olympic gold in the 200m to complete a sprint double in Rio.

Thompson, 24, clocked 21.78 seconds to beat Netherlands’ world champion Dafne Schippers by 0.13sec and add the 200m title to the gold she won in the 100m.

USA’s Tori Bowie took bronze in 22.15, while Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, 20, ran 22.31 to finish fifth.

“It is a very special and welcoming feeling for me. I think my light has shined,” Thompson told BBC Sport.

“Watching Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and then putting my name there is an amazing feeling.”

Analysis

Four-time Olympic gold-medallist Michael Johnson: Elaine Thompson never focused on the competition, just her own race. Very efficient but ultimately there was never ever any competition for Elaine.

Two-time 110m hurdles world champion Colin Jackson: It was a great race. It was exactly what you want an Olympic final to be. Look at Elaine Thompson, still on the floor. I guess it is all still sinking in – she is now a double Olympic champion.

For more on this story go to: http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/36690702

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