Elaine Thompson-Herah secures historic Olympic double double
By: T. Chapman
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah made Olympic history on Tuesday 3 August, blazing to victory in the 200 metres to complete an unprecedented women’s sprinting “double-double”.
Thompson-Herah, the 2016 Olympics 100m and 200m gold medallist who successfully defended her 100m title on Saturday, bagged a record fourth individual gold after storming home in 21.53sec, the second-fastest time in history.
Namibia’s Christine Mboma took silver in 21.81sec while the USA’s Gabby Thomas took bronze in 21.87sec.
Speaking on her double double feat, Thompson-Herah said:
“I never imagined that I would be someone who made history. I was just a young girl from Banana Ground, Jamaica with big dreams and a fighting spirit.”