RIO, BRAZIL (Aug. 18, 2016) — Elaine Thompson was very surprised by her triumph in the women’s 200 meters at Rio 2016, as she has been battling a hamstring injury.
The Jamaican held off World Champion Dafne Schippers in the home straight to seal a sprint double on Wednesday, having won the 100 meters four days earlier, edging the Dutch athlete by a tenth of a second, as she prevailed in a time of 21.78 seconds.
Thompson became the first woman to win gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the same games, since Florence Griffith-Joyner in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988.
She is currently the seventh woman to have done the sprint double. She said “my school motto was ‘let the light shine’ and I let my light shine tonight.”
“It’s a big surprise to me because I have had a hamstring injury. You must overcome these things and tonight, I am standing here with gold. To beat Dafne is a hard run,” Thompson said.
Thompson will attempt to win her third gold medal of the games in the 4 by 100m relay.
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