“It Was Crazy Mentally” – Gabby Thomas Reveals Scary Tumor Scare Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/16/2021, 12:43 PM EDT


USA sprinter Gabby Thomas was surprised to see herself under the 21.70-second mark in the US Olympic trials. Her happiness in qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and becoming a medal contender came as she had gotten the good news regarding a tumor before the trials.

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Before the US Olympic trials, Gabby Thomas had unusual hamstring pain. Later after various tests, it was found that she had a tumor in her liver. Now a tumor is of three kinds based on whether they are cancerous or not. Most of the tumors are non-cancerous but still hearing the word cancer can give anxiety to many. Thomas needed additional tests to know if it was cancerous and during that tense period she had to train as well.

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“It was crazy mentally, and having to compete through that made it just too tough to focus sometimes,” Gabby revealed in the latest interview.

Gabby Thomas’ reaction on the positive test report

Then Gabby got her MRI reports just one week prior to the Olympic trials, and that specified that the tumor was benign, i.e non-cancerous. Obviously, it was a sigh of relief for the 24-year-old who was about to run the important race of her career.

“I was like, ‘I’m just happy to be here. I’m going to kick a** because I’m healthy. Maybe that was part of it. Part of my relief, it showed in how I raced,” she said.

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Gabby’s relief and joy were clearly visible at the finish line. She became the second-fastest female 200m sprinter with a time of 21.61 seconds. Seeing nobody aside from her, Gabby raised her hands before the finish line, which took a couple of milliseconds of her time. Maybe if she had continued ahead, she might have been closer to the world record.

Now Gabby is the leading contender for the gold in Tokyo. She wasn’t in the mix a few months back, but her race in the trials showed she is capable of doing more. She will have a lot of eyes on her.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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