Elaine Thompson has solidified her place as one of the true superstars of this year’s Summer Olympic games in Rio.
Elaine Thompson has this evening ensured that when we remember the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, her name will be alongside the very best. When looking back at these Olympics, names like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix will all be talked about but so will Elaine Thompson’s. She is now the 100 meter and 200 meter Olympic Champion.
Thompson defeated the defending 200 meter World Champion, Dafne Schippers who she finished second to last year at the World Championships in Beijing. She looked strong from the outset, taking an early lead and bounded around the only bend in the race to take command after 100 meters. The last 100 meters of the race, she held her insurmountable lead and as a result is a well deserving Olympic Champion of the women’s 200 meters.
With her gold medals in both the 100 and 200 meters, she becomes the first woman since the late great Florence Griffith Joyner in Seoul 1988 to win both in the same Olympic games. Elaine Thompson, who hails from Manchester Parish in Jamaica is also just 24 years old and as such, there promises to be so much more for the youthful double Olympic Champion.
Finally, Thompson has the opportunity to gain a hat trick of gold medals all at the same Olympics. Tomorrow, she and her Jamaican team mates will begin their quest to capture Olympic gold in the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay as defending World Champions from Beijing just last year. With the current Olympic Gold and Bronze medalists of the 100 meters in the forms of Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce respectively in their ranks, Jamaica are hot favourites to win the gold and for Thompson to get her third of these incredible games.