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

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.


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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