Athletics: Thompson keeps 100 meters title in Jamaican hands

Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:53pm EDT
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By Scott Malone and Nick Mulvenney

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Jamaica's Elaine Thompson surprised even herself by storming to victory in the Olympic women's 100 meters on Saturday as compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce failed in her bid to win a third straight title.

The 24-year-old was second slowest out of the blocks but powered away from the field over the last 50 meters to claim her first major individual title in 10.71 seconds, one hundredth of a second outside her personal best.

"When I crossed the line and glanced across to see I was clear I didn't quite know how to celebrate," she told reporters.

"I'm very excited I'm really happy, Jamaica has so many talented sprinters and to be only the second Olympic champion I’m really happy about that."

American Tori Bowie took silver in 10.83 while Fraser-Pryce, who was looking to become the first woman to win three successive gold medals in an individual athletics event, won bronze by a seven thousandths of a second in 10.86.

"I just wanted an opportunity to defend my title," said the 29-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who has been struggling with a toe injury this year.

"What I'm most happy about is that the 100m title is staying in Jamaica."

Usain Bolt, who have his title at an unprecedented track triple in the men's 100m on Sunday, was quick to congratulate the pair on Twitter, lauding Fraser-Pryce "for fighting and showing the heart of champ".   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Women's 100m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Elaine Thompson (JAM) of Jamaica celebrates winning.   REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado