VIDEO – Jamaica’s New Olympic Sprint Champion: Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson Wins 100m Olympic Gold

Elaine Thompson is Jamaica’s newest sprint champion, defeating her teammate and training partner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100-meter final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Fraser-Pryce was attempting to win a third straight title in the 100-meter competition, but Thompson won the gold with a time of 10.71 seconds. Fraser-Pryce took third place and the bronze medal for Jamaica. Thompson’s time was just 0.01 seconds over the time she achieved in the Jamaica National Championships in July 2016, which was the best of the five under 10.8-second women’s sprint times for the year. Three of the women clocking those times were in the Olympic 100-meter final. Thompson, 24, is over five years younger than Fraser-Pryce, who said she was happy to see Jamaica keeping the gold medal in the event. Thompson said also said she was happy to be the second 100-meter women’s champion from Jamaica and noted that the country has produced “so many talented sprinters.” The 100-meter final was expected to be one of the most competitive in the history of the Olympic event, but Thompson pulled away from the field about half-way through the distance, getting the win with a 12-second lead.

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