RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Elaine Thompson completed the women’s sprint double at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Wednesday night (17 Aug).

The Stephen Francis-coached athlete became the first Jamaican to achieve the feat when she crossed the finish line in 21.78.

Thompson, who was almost perfect off the curve, was unstoppable down the home straight.

Netherland’s Dafne Schippers, the 2015 world champion, pushed her to the line, but her 21.88 time was only good enough for second.

American Tori Bowie, who also ran extremely well, finished third in 22.15.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye, the only other Caribbean woman in the final, finished 6th in 22.34


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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