BREAKING NEWS: Elaine Thompson-Herah claims 200m Olympic title with personal best and national record ahead of Namibia’s Christine Mboma and Team USA’s Gabrielle Thomas
- Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah took the Olympic gold in the 200 meters on Tuesday
- The 29-year-old set a national best time of 21.53 to claim the title
- Thompson-Herah now has consecutive 100m and 200m Olympic doubles
- Namibian teenage athlete Christine Nboma, 18, claimed the silver medal
- Team USA’s Gabrielle Thomas beat Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce for the bronze
Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah claimed the Olympic 200m title with a national record of 21.53 and took her second gold medal from the Tokyo Games on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old, who claimed the 100m title on Saturday, has now repeated the individual medal she claimed five years ago in Rio. She is now the first female athlete to complete the ‘double double’ in major Olympic sprint events.
Meanwhile, teenage sprinter Christine Mboma of Namibia took the silver medal with a time of 21.81, with Team USA’s Gabrielle Thomas 0.06 seconds behind the 18-year-old to take the bronze.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah claimed the Olympic 200m title with a PB time of 21.53′
Thompson-Herah finished in second place far away from Christine Mboma from Namibia
Thompson-Herah’s Jamaica teammate Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce had to settle for fourth, despite battling the race winner for first place as they entered the final straight.
But Thompson-Herah held off all of her opponents on Tuesday to set a personal best, confirming her status as the undisputed top female sprinter in the world.
She told BBC Sport after the race: ‘I just need to sleep! I haven’t slept since the 100m final, but I still had the composure to come out here.
18-year-old Christine Mboma from Namibia overtook Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce last to take silver
‘It took a lot out of me. I’m a two-time Olympian! I’m so happy! I begged for the line.
‘I have set a threshold for the other generations. We have more athletes coming from Jamaica, to me setting this barrier means a lot to me.
“My coach has supported me a lot, physically and mentally, and a big thank you to everyone who has come here to support me.”
Her quest for gold in the 200m was aided by Team GB star and 2019 World Champion Dina Asher-Smith who withdrew from the event before it even started when the 25-year-old Briton suffered a hamstring injury during her 100m bid.
Thompson-Herah (third from left) sped away to the line as Fraser-Pryce (far right) swept away
United States Gabrielle Thomas took the bronze medal for Fraser-Pryce in fourth
Meanwhile, Jamaican athlete Shericka Jackson crashed off the 200m on Monday after jogging across the finish line in the heats, with her time failing to qualify for the semifinals by a fourth thousandth of a second.
While the runners quickly went wide with the pistol, Thompson-Herah and Fraser-Pryce were the two standout runners who leaned into the final straight.
While Thompson-Herah used her winning experience and momentum to get her to the finish line, Fraser-Pryce ended up in the race when surprise contender Mboma and American athlete Thomas caught up with her at the last moments.
Tuesday night’s celebrations, however, were for Thompson-Herah, who crossed the line with the second fastest women’s 200m time in history.