Elaine THOMPSON

جامايكا JAM

ألعاب القوى

  • الميداليات
    2 G
    1 S
  • المشاركات
    1
  • المشاركة الأولى
    ريو 2016
  • تاريخ الميلاد
    1992
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Elaine THOMPSON

Elaine Thompson made quite a breakthrough at Rio 2016. After ensuring that the Olympic women’s 100m title remained in Jamaican hands by succeeding compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as sprint queen, the 24-year-old then won the 200m. In the process, she became the first woman to complete the Olympic sprint double since the late Florence Griffith-Joyner at Seoul 1988. Remarkably, those two stellar wins were the new Jamaican star’s first in a major international competition.

A natural runner

Hailing from Banana Ground in Manchester Parish, one of the more deprived parts of Jamaica, Elaine Thompson came under the care of her grandmother Gloria when she was only seven months old. Though her family have always said that she was “born to run”, Thompson was far from being the most outstanding sprinter at her school and only placed fourth in the 100m at the Jamaican Boys and Girls Championships in 2009. Two years later she was dropped from her school’s track and field team altogether. She was then spotted by athletics coach Stephen Francis, the founder of the MVP Track Club and the man behind Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce’s successful career. Obtaining a scholarship to the University of Technology in Kingston, Thompson started to become the sprinter her family always believed she could be.

Making progress

In crediting Francis with putting her on the right course, Thompson said: “I went to a track meet and didn’t do too well, and he basically took me to the side and gave me a speech that really motivated me and changed my life. I can’t say (exactly what he said), but he basically said that I was not in high school anymore and I needed to take things more seriously; that I needed to realize that I am running with the big girls now. So it pushed me to take it seriously.” Thompson, who stands 1.67m tall and weighs 57kg, began her steady rise to the top in 2013, gradually bringing her times down before dipping under 11 seconds for 100m and 22 for the 200m two years later.

A world championship runner-up

A member of the Jamaican 4x100m relay squad that won gold at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Morelia (MEX) and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (GBR), Thompson scored a stunning win the 200m at the Jamaican trials for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. She backed up that performance by running 21.66, the fifth-fastest time in history, in the Bird’s Nest. Sadly for her, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands ran the fourth-fastest, 21.63, to snatch the gold. A maiden world title did come her way in Beijing, however, in the 4x100m relay. Then, in March 2016, Thompson ran 7.06 to take the 60m bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Portland (USA).

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ريو 2016

G
100 metres
100 metres Athletics
G
200 metres
200 metres Athletics
S
4 x 100 metres Relay
4 x 100 metres Relay Athletics