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Thrilled Thompson claims women’s sprint crownTrinidad Guardian :: 15.08.2016
RIO DE JANEIRO—Elaine Thompson became only the second Jamaican women's Olympic 100 metres title-holder when she stunned her training partner and two-time defending champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, to win gold in the event at the Rio Olympics here Saturday night.
Running out of lane four, the 24-year-old produced a telling mid-race burst to brush aside her competition and ease to the finish in 10.71 seconds at the Olympic Stadium, and secure the first major title of her career.
American Tori Bowie clocked 10.83 seconds to steal silver while Fraser-Pryce finished a disappointing third in 10.86 seconds, to miss out on her quest to become the first ever woman to win a hat-trick of Olympic 100m titles.
"I am very excited, I'm very happy because Jamaica has so many talented sprinters and to be the second champion, as long as it remains Jamaica I am very happy," Thompson said afterward.
"Last year was a big motivation for me so coming in this year was awesome. I just put in the work and train hard."
Thompson, the silver medallist at the 2015 World Championships, had an outstanding 2016 season coming into the Rio Olympic Games.
Only last month, she sped to an exciting 10.70 clocking to clinch the national title at the Jamaica trials in Kingston.
"I'm from a community that is not well known. So I'm happy to represent them. I'm really proud. They're down there and they're celebrating."
Fraser-Pryce entered the race as one of the heavy favourites, especially after posting 10.88 seconds in a comfortable semi-final win just over an hour earlier.
But she had been plagued by a toe injury all season long and struggled in competition in the lead-up to the Games. And with the injury resurfacing during the rounds, the champion in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 was unable to cope with Thompson's speed.
"I didn't think I would have been here because it was a tough journey and it continues to be a very hard journey," Fraser-Pryce said.
"It's so complicated to explain what's actually happening with my toe, because I actually have Sesamoiditis and because I've been running a lot there are so many things that developed. I try not to dwell on it or talk about it."
Sesamoiditis is the inflammation of tendons in the foot and is common among runners. (AP)