A Jamaican has stole the show again. Elaine Thompson of Jamaica raced to victory, clocking 10.71 seconds, in the women’s 100 meters final. In the process she ended the Olympic reign of compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and placed her name in the history books. Tori Bowie of the United States took the silver medal with 10.83sec while Fraser-Pryce claimed bronze in 10.86.
“When I crossed the line and glanced across to see I was clear (I) didn’t quite know how to celebrate,” a jubilant Thompson said.
“There is a big screen back home in my community in Jamaica. I can’t imagine what is happening there right now.”
Fraser-Pryce had won Gold at the Beijing 2008 as well as the London 2012 Games. Though she didn’t finish the podium on a winning note, she congratulated her fellow country-woman and said that she was happy that the 100m title stayed with a Jamaican.
“What I’m most happy about is that the 100m title is staying in Jamaica,” said Fraser-Pryce.
“I’m on the podium with my training partner. I’m proud of Jamaica – just look at my hair,” Fraser-Pryce said.
Here’s how twitterati reacted to Thompson’s win.
— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) 14 August 2016
Elaine Thompson to di worl!!! pic.twitter.com/auwMlSuAoB
— Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) 14 August 2016
Elaine Thompson is now the fastest woman in the world. 🇯🇲😍💚💛💪🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/p8uX5Aotyh
— fraser-pryce (@hausofaitor) 14 August 2016
@RobHarris it’s not a shock. Elaine ran 10.7 at trials, she Shelly has been injured all year. That’s a miraculous bronze.
— Raymond Reid (@reidrraymond) 14 August 2016
On Saturday, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, both Jamaican, qualified for the 100m men’s final. So, the Jamaicans are here to rule.