Elaine Thompson Joins Usain Bolt To Create Jamaican History At Tokyo Olympics 2020 In 100 and 200m Sprints

Published 08/05/2021, 12:01 PM EDT


The Jamaican Athlete, Elaine Thompson-Herah has followed in the footsteps of Usain Bolt by winning gold in 100m and 200m in two consecutive Olympics!

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Elaine Thompson-Herah is a sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Striving for excellence, she bagged 4 medals as an Olympian. She successfully swept a gold each in the 100 and 200 meters at Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 as well as in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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Keeping up a similar winning streak, Usain Bolt has also achieved 8 Olympic medals. He has performed incredibly in 100m,200m and 4x100m relay. To top it all, he also holds a World Record in 100m, with a remarkable timing of 9.58 seconds.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4 x 100 meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Bolt thundered to victory in his three events at the Rio Olympics 2016. Although he didn’t break any world records, the fastest man in the world etched his name in the history books. Now, his compatriot has etched her name in the same book.

Elaine, after her 100m sprint

Creating history, the 29-year-old Jamaican sprinted with an incredible timing of 10.61s to defend her 100m title. “I could have gone faster if I wasn’t pointing and celebrating early. But that shows there is more in store, so hopefully, one day, I can unleash that time,” she said.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist, Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask on the podium poses with silver medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask and bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Elaine Thompson successfully defended her title in the 200m with a timing of 21.53 seconds. This also led to her gaining recognition as the second-fastest woman in the category of 200m.

Thompson said, “Honestly I just need to sleep, I have not slept since the 100 metres, honestly my body is in shock mode, but I still had my composure to come out here. It feels good to be in the history book, to set a barrier for the other generation of athletes coming up because we have got a lot of athletes coming from Jamaica, it means a lot to me to set this barrier.”

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Indeed, this duo made the whole of Jamaica proud and elated by creating and recreating history in the world of athletics.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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