Tokyo: Elaine Thompson-Herah made Olympic historical past in Tokyo Tuesday, emulating fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt to finish an unprecedented girls’s sprinting “double-double” with victory within the 200 metres.
Thompson-Herah, the 2016 Olympics 100m and 200m gold medallist who defended her 100m title on Saturday, sealed a document fourth particular person gold after storming dwelling in a blistering 21.53sec.
Namibian teenager Christine Mboma took silver in 21.81sec whereas the USA’s Gabby Thomas gained bronze in 21.87sec.
The 29-year-old Thompson-Herah’s time was the second quickest in historical past after Florence Griffith Joyner’s world document of 21.34sec set on the drug-tarnished 1988 Seoul Olympics.
In addition to changing into the primary girl to say a 100m-200m double-double, emulating Bolt, who finally gained three consecutive 100m-200m Olympic titles, Thompson-Herah is the one feminine monitor and area athlete to win 4 particular person Olympic monitor golds.
“It really means a lot to me to be in that history book, because I’ve been through a lot and it tells my story,” Thompson-Herah mentioned.
The Jamaican favorite had bought off to a blazing begin, constructing a lead off the bend which she by no means relinquished as she motored to the road.
It appeared as if Thomas and Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would take the silver and bronze, however that duo had been handed by a scorching end over the ultimate 20 metres from the 18-year-old Mboma who plundered silver.
“The mission was to go again and capture the medal, which was the plan,” mentioned Thompson-Herah.
Thompson-Herah had confronted a battle to qualify for Tokyo, with a niggling Achilles downside hampering her health earlier this season.
She completed third within the 100m and 200m on the Jamaican trials behind Fraser-Pryce, who had entered the Olympics as Jamaica’s primary menace.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Thompson-Herah mentioned. “I do not need to get too excited, as a result of I have not slept because the 100m ultimate.
“I don’t know how I’ve done it, I’ve been laying down, not sleeping but I’ve still managed to come out here.”Thompson-Herah revealed she is now eyeing Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old world document.
“I will continue to dominate,” she mentioned. “I wish I could show you my phone right now. My notes each day that I go through have my ‘hymns’ that I have written down: PB, world lead, world record and to defend my title. So I can tick three things off.”
Namibian teen Mboma was solely working the 200m as a result of she and compatriot Beatrice Masilingi, who completed sixth in 22.28sec, are barred from their most popular distance of 400m underneath worldwide guidelines as a result of they’ve heightened testosterone ranges.
Underneath World Athletics rules, they must endure remedy to decrease their testosterone in the event that they need to compete in distances from 400m to a mile.