Jamaica's Thompson-Herah Completes Olympic Double-Double with 200m Win, By Pierre Weil

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Elaine Thomspon-Herah won both the 100m and 200m in Tokyo. This is the story of the 200m, written by Pierre Weil. Elaine Thompson-Herah battled Achilles pain for almost two years.


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Elaine Thompson-Herah, defended her titles from Rio 2016, and battled back, photo (London 2017), by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts for RunBlogRun

Jamaica's Thompson-Herah Completes Olympic Double-Double with 200m Win

By Pierre Weil

TOKYO, Japan -- The Women's 200 meter Final Tuesday night saw Elaine Thompson-Herah do something that only Usain Bolt has ever done, win the 100 and 200-meter dashes in back-to-back Olympics.

Thompson-Herah left no doubt about who the fastest woman in the world is, following up an Olympic Record in her 100 win by becoming the second-fastest woman ever in the 200 with a winning time of 21.53.

"It's a new PB and a national record. I am so, so happy," said Thompson-Herah. "The ups and downs have been so many and to come here five years later and to win two events is just amazing."

Thompson-Herah, starting in lane 7, had a very solid start before pulling away from the field in the home stretch. By the 125-meter mark, you could tell it was going to be a race for second.

That race for second saw an incredible comeback from 18-year-old Christine Mboma of Namibia, who stormed into the Silver medal slot with a time of 21.81 after being in sixth place off the curve.

"This is my first Olympics. I came here for experience, but I did better (than I expected)," Mboma said. "I am really happy with my performance. I am proud of myself."

Gabby Thomas, the US Champion and third-fastest woman of all time in the 200, just held off Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica for Bronze with a time of 21.87 in her first Olympic Games.

​​"I fought tooth and nail those last 30 meters," Thomas said. "I gave it my best effort and I'm really, really happy that effort came out with a medal."

Fraser-Pryce, an 8-time Olympic Medalist, just missed the podium this time in what might have been her last individual Olympic race.

Thompson-Herah, Mboma, Thomas; a top-3 that few expected coming into the Olympics, but an exciting race nonetheless. Thompson-Herah, after becoming the first woman to ever complete the double-double, will now attempt to break the World Record in the 4x100 with her Jamaican teammates later this week.

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