“Wasn’t Making Me Happy” – Gabby Thomas Reveals Hardships in Managing Her Harvard Studies With Preparations for Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/16/2021, 1:46 PM EDT


USA’s 200 meters favorite, Gabby Thomas has had a brilliant couple of weeks since her stunning US trials. She came first with a time of 21.61 seconds and became the second-fastest female sprinter ever in 200m. But she is also passionate about her studies and has majored in neurobiology from Harvard University. However, it wasn’t easy juggling between training and studies.

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In a recent interview, Gabby Thomas revealed that she saw it hard to balance between her studies and running hence started having doubts over her track career during her Harvard days. It was after her study trip to Senegal that she was again focused on sprints. Gabby said: “For a while, it just wasn’t making me happy.”

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Not only Gabby became the second female sprinter to go inside 21.70 seconds but she is also a Harvard graduate. As the pandemic delayed the Tokyo Olympics 2020, she instead did her master’s degree in public health from University of Texas. After her on-track career ends, the American sprinter is keen on making a mark in the healthcare business as well.

Gabby Thomas aka Gabrielle Thomas poses with the gold medal after winning the women’s 200m. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Gabby Thomas’ reaction to qualifying for Tokyo Olympics 2020

Now Gabby is in Olympics mode and has the world-leading time in 200m. Hence she is the favorite to win the gold medal after her brilliant trials. Gabby was surprised with her time and was very happy with her performance. She had the potential, but no one thought she would be closer to the best in history.

“I can’t explain how happy I felt. I was so excited. I just wanted to get across the line as quickly as possible. I was not expecting that, so it was a really crazy moment. I just felt like a different athlete,” Thomas said.

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After her Olympic debut, Gabby Thomas will finish her master’s degree during the summer. She will then join an internship at a biomedical research company, Leidos. Gabby had problems juggling studies and athletics in her teens but now she is setting an example.

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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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