Elaine Thompson wins in Paris 2019
Elaine Thompson wins in Paris 2019

Rio Dream 1024x531 1 1024x531 1Elaine Thompson is the seventh woman to win the sprint double at an Olympic Games. She is, however, the first Caribbean woman to achieve the feat.

Thompson won the 100m in 10.71 on Saturday (13 Aug) and 200m in 21.78 on Wednesday (17 Aug).

Franny Blankers-Keon(NED)-London,England 1948

100m (11.9)/200m (24.4).

Majorie Jackson (AUS)-Helsinki, Finland 1952 

100m (11.65)/200m (23.89),

Betty Cuthbert (AUS)-Melbourne, Australia 1956

100m (11.82)/200m (23.55),

Wilma Rudolph (USA)-Rome, Italy1960 

100m (11.18w)/200m (24.13),

Renate Stecher (East Germany)-Munch, West Germany1972

100m (11.07)/200m (22.40),

Florence Griffith Joyner (USA)-Seoul, South Korea1988 

100m (10.54w)/200m (21.34)

Thompson is the first Jamaican to do sprint double.

 Best double attempts by Jamaican….

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 2012

100m-gold 10.75/200m-silver-22.09,

 Veronica Campbell-Brown, 2004  

bronze 100m 10.97/gold 200m 22.04,

Merlene Ottey, 1996

silver 100m 10.96/silver 200m-22.24, 1984 bronze 100m 11.16/bronze 200m 22.09,

Juliet Cuthbert, 1992

silver 100m 10.83/silver 200m-22.02

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Clayton Clarke is a freelance track and field journalist since 2005. He is a former athlete and an IAAF Level III coach (Sprints & Hurdles). He has been a writer with Track Alerts since its inception in 2009. He worked with several media houses (radio, tv, newspaper, website) in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Kitts Nevis and the Bahamas. The Tobago native has covered the Carifta Games since 2005, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 World Athletic Championships and numerous local and regional track and field events.. Though track and field is his passion and main interest, he has served as media liaison with numerous sporting bodies in T&T and in particular in Tobago, namely cycling, chess, football, beach soccer, taekwondo, rugby, swimming, tennis and beach volleyball.


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