BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: Elaine Thompson of Jamaica competes in the Women's 200 metres heats during day five of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 26, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF) *** Local Caption *** Elaine Thompson

Rio Dream 1024x531 1RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Elaine Thompson remained on course for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sprint double.

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Thompson, who trailed Dafne Schippers off the curve, was smooth down the straight. The 100-metre champion, having realized she was clearly in the second automatic qualifying position, shut it down 10 metres from the tape.

The times: 21.96 for Schippers to Thompson’s season best. 22.13.

Tynia Gaither of Bahamas finished 8th in 23.45.

In semi-final 3, Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago ran powerfully down the straight to stay close to American, Tori Bowie and remain in the Rio 2016 games.

Ahye did herself justice by securing the second automatic qualifying spot in a national record 22.25 to Bowie’s 22.13.

Simone Facey of Jamaica finished strong in a season best 22.57, but that wasn’t enough to take her into the final.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett ran 22.94 for 6th in semi-final 2 and will miss out on a place in the final.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast topped the field in a personal best 22.28 ahead of veteran Olympian and fellow qualifier, Ivet Lalova-Collio of Bulgaria, 22.42.

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Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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