Elaine Thompson Wins The Women’s 100 m in Rio

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson ran away from a world class field last night to take the gold medal in the women’s 100 m final at the 2016 Rio Olympics in a time of 10.71 second. American Tori Bowie was second in 10.83 seconds, and  Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce and Marie-Josee Talou tied for third in 10.86 seconds.

All the women except one of the women, ran below 11 seconds. On a night when eight of the top women sprinters in the world lined up to stake the claim of world’s fastest woman, it was Thompson who stamped her class on the rest of the field and came out on top.

 

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Daphne Schippers of the Netherlands who had been dominating on the 100 m circuit since the world championship fizzled into 5th place, Trinidad’s Michelle-Lee Ahye came in sixth and is one to keep an eye in for the future. She showed great confidence in her runs leading up to the final,  but seemed to have topped out at about 10.9 seconds. She definitely can go faster. American English Gardner who had the second fastest time in the world this year leading up to the Olympics, disappointed in 7th place, and Jamaica’s Christina Williams came in 8th.

But on this night, Elaine Thompson would not be denied. Peaking at the right moment when it matters most, she pulled off one of the greatest wins of all time.

In a sport where your past performance does not dictate your future, she managed to stay injury free for the big show.  Last month, she pulled out of the 200 m trial because of an injury scare, but seems to be right back on track when it matters most. She will be looking to double up in the 200 m later during the week.

The men will be running their final today, and it promises to be a humdinger. Usain Bolt will be looking to complete the three-peat and solidify his claim as the world greatest sprinter of all time. Can he do it? We will see…

 

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