Rio2016: Elaine Thompson confirmed as the world’s fastest woman with 200m gold

Elaine Thompson confirmed as the world’s fastest woman with 200m gold

  • Jamaican secures 100m-200m double by edging out Dafne Schippers
  • ‘I let my light shine tonight,’ says Thompson after winning in 21.78 sec
Sprinter Elaine Thompson
Jamaican Elaine Thompson has added 200m sprint gold to her 100m title earlier in the Rio Games, confirming herself as the fastest woman on earth. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Elaine Thompson ended any lingering doubts about who is the fastest women on the planet by completing a famous 100m and 200m sprint double – the first since Florence Griffith Joyner at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. The Jamaican held off the challenge from pre-race favourite Dafne Schippers, who loomed but never delivered, to take gold in 21.78 sec, the fastest time in the world this year. 

Schippers, who had a problem with her leg going into the competition, was second in 21.88 while the American Tori Bowie was third in 22.15. Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith ran well but tied up towards the end and was fifth in 22.31.

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