Sunday, 14 August 2016

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson Win Women's 100m Gold

Jamaica's quest to continue their Olympic sprint domination continued as Elaine Thompson clinched gold in the women's 100m final in Rio.

The 24-year-old crossed the line in a time of 10.71secs ahead of Bowie of the United States and fellow jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Fraser-Pryce, the 100m champion at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics was the pre-race favourite but compatriot Thompson began to pull away from her at around the 50m mark.
She eventually won by a comfortable margin, finishing more than one-tenth ahead ahead of silver-medalist Bowie.

Thompson's winning time is the second-fastest recorded this year, one-hundredth of a second slower than the 10.7secs she ran at the Jamaican Championships last month.

It is unclear whether Fraser-Pryce was fully fit to contest the final after she broke down in tears following her semi-final win.

The 29-year-old, who has dominated the event across the board for the best part of a decade, was pictured crying as she limped off the track gingerly after her semi.

However, even at full fitness Fraser-Pryce would've had to have clocked a time of 10.7secs or better to win - a time which she hasn't achieved since 2012