RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Elaine Thompson completed the women’s sprint double at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Wednesday night (17 Aug).

The Stephen Francis-coached athlete became the first Jamaican to achieve the feat when she crossed the finish line in 21.78.

Thompson, who was almost perfect off the curve, was unstoppable down the home straight.

Netherland’s Dafne Schippers, the 2015 world champion, pushed her to the line, but her 21.88 time was only good enough for second.

American Tori Bowie, who also ran extremely well, finished third in 22.15.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye, the only other Caribbean woman in the final, finished 6th in 22.34

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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