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Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson Beats Dafne Schippers To 200m Gold As Dina Asher-Smith finishes 5th!!

Elaine Thompson tonight became the first woman for 28 years to complete theOlympic sprint double in the same Games.

Maintaining Jamaica’s total dominance of the sprint distances, Thompson held offDutch world champion Dafne Schippers to win a thrilling 200 metres.

Britain’s fastest ever woman, 20-year-old Dina Asher-Smith, finished an outstanding fifth in her first Olympic final.

Not since Florence Griffiths-Joyner doubled up in Seoul in 1988 has one female athlete done what Usain Bolt seems to do every Olympiad.

Thompson was humbled to follow in the spike marks of Veronica Campbell-Brown, who won gold in 2004 and 2008, and serial medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

AFPJamaica's Elaine Thompson (bottom) crosses the finish line
Thompson led Schippers as they left the corner
REUTERSElaine Thompson (JAM) of Jamaica (C) runs to win the gold
She did not realise that she had won the race as she crossed the line

“It is very special and a welcoming feel for me,” she said. “Watching Veronica Campbell Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and then putting my name there is an amazing feeling. I think my light has shined.”


Asher-Smith’s light is getting brighter by the week. After coming home in 22.31secs, she told of her joy, “especially after a shaky qualification”.

She added: “I think I still could have done a bit better but I can’t be disappointed with that. It is a learning curve and hopefully I’ll have more world championships and Olympics to get it right.”

“I was quite happy with that considering my rounds didn’t go quite exactly as I hoped and my coach and I planned and I ended up getting into the race last in lane 2 wasn’t a great start.

Dina Asher-Smith helps Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers to her feet
PAGreat Britain's Dina Asher-Smith
Dina Asher-Smith finished fifth on her Olympic debut

“But to have pulled a fifth back from there and have been mixing it until 30 to go, 40 to go, I was like really really happy.

“I’ll take that, obviously me being me I want to PB every time and run faster and faster but I don’t think anybody in that race ran a PB, it wasn’t like last year when everyone ran a PB so yeah I’ll take that.

“This year I’ve gone – ‘this is what happened last year – please do not freak out when you see them go like that because this is what they’re going to do’ so I didn’t this year.

“This year I believed a bit more and ok I got lane two but with the bends on this track being quite tight it wasnt the best set up so I thought that I did for me an ok job out of that lane. I think I believed in myself and went for it a bit more – although I got exactly the same place, I will try again next year and the year after that.


Written by How Africa

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