Thomp­son gets 100m gold

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JA­MAICA’S Elaine Thomp­son won the women’s 100m at the Rio Olympics as two-time cham­pion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had to set­tle for bronze.

Thomp­son, 24, took the ti­tle in a time of 10.71 sec­onds, just 0.01 sec­onds out­side her per­sonal best.

Com­pa­triot Fraser-Pryce, 29, who was at­tempt­ing to be­come the first woman to win three suc­ces­sive golds in the event, fin­ished third in 10.86. USA’s Tori Bowie won the sil­ver medal in 10.83. Dutch star Dafne Schip­pers, sec­ond be­hind FraserPryce at the 2015 World Cham­pi­onships, fin­ished fifth in 10.90.

Thomp­son said: “When I crossed the line and glanced across to see I was clear, I didn’t know how to cel­e­brate.”

Fraser-Pryce said: “What I’m most happy about is the 100m ti­tle is stay­ing in Ja­maica. I’m on the podium with my train­ing part­ner. I’m proud of Ja­maica.”

Bri­tain’s De­siree Henry, 20, failed to make the fi­nal af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth in 11.09 in her semi-fi­nal, while Asha Philip was eighth in 11.33 in her race.

“I guess it wasn’t the Olympic end­ing I was re­ally hop­ing for in terms of try­ing to make the fi­nal,” said Henry.

“But I’m proud of my­self for grow­ing as an adult and be­liev­ing that I could run up against th­ese girls and re­ally try­ing to make it to the fi­nal.”

Team-mate Philip said: “I’m not do­ing as well as I want to be do­ing, but I’m still at the Olympics and I’ve made a semi-fi­nal.

“I am bit­ter in­side be­cause I came here to at least run a per­sonal best.”— BBC Sport

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