TOKYO – Successfully defending both Olympic titles, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah solidified her place as one of the best sprinters of all time.
Thompson-Herah pulled away from the field with 50 meters to go in the women’s 200 meters by a fairly large margin. Her gold medal-winning time was 21.53, which set a Jamaican national record. Namibian 18-year-old Christine Mboma won the silver at 21.81 (a new world Under-20 record) and American Gabby Thomas got the bronze with a time of 21.87.
When Thompson-Herah rounded the curve and accelerated in the final 50 meters none one of her competitors could keep up. It was quite similar to the way she pulled away from the other sprinters on her way to breaking an Olympic record and winning the gold medal in the 100 meters on July 31.
The 100 and 200 Olympic double etched her name in track and field history books. Thompson-Herah won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She is the first woman in history to win the 100 and 200 meters in back-to-back Olympics.
“I'm happy. I'm overwhelmed. I'm lost for words. I never seen this day, even though the work was put in already. But the ups and downs ... to win a double at the Olympics, it's amazing. I mean, God is good. I've written this down,” Thompson-Herah said. “It's on my phone, I can show you. It's in my notes, daily, I've written it down every day: Defending my title, setting new personal bests (and) setting new world records. I can just tick those off."
A Jamaican has won the women’s 200 meters in four of the last five Olympics. Thompson-Herah might aim for the sprinting trifecta at the 204 Paris Olympics. Only track and field legend Usain Bolt has won the 100 and 200 meters at three straight Olympic games.
"And there's more that is in there that I'm looking forward to accomplishing," Thompson-Herah said. "But it's an amazing feeling to be amongst the greatest, and to be in the record book — and to also be in the history book. It's a wonderful feeling."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Elaine Thompson-Herah wins 100m, 200m double gold at Tokyo Olympics