Jamaican Sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah Wins Historic 'Double-Double' In Track
Updated August 3, 2021 at 1:04 PM ET
Elaine Thompson-Herah just became the first woman to win a "double-double" in Olympic track and field's fastest races.
The Jamaican sprinter nabbed gold in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races in Tokyo, repeating her two wins in the same contests at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Elaine Thompson-Herah does it again! It is the double-double for the #JAM sprint queen in 21.53!#Gold women’s 200m Tokyo 2020#Gold women’s 100m Tokyo 2020#Gold women’s 200m Rio 2016#Gold women’s 100m Rio 2016@WorldAthletics | #StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | #Athletics pic.twitter.com/AENA2JzT1X— Olympics (@Olympics) August 3, 2021
Thompson-Herah, 29, clinched the title after trouncing the competition during the 200-meter sprint on Tuesday.
"It feels amazing to win two golds again. I have had a rough week. I haven't slept after the 100m final," Thompson-Herah said after the race.
"I am so, so happy. Oh my God, it's amazing that I have ever seen this day. That I could complete another double. I can't believe it," she added.
Winning silver in the women's 200-meter final was Christine Mboma of Namibia. It was the first-ever Olympic medal for a Namibian woman and the most recent medal for the country since 1996, according to Olympics organizers.
Gabrielle Thomas of the United States took bronze in the race after being edged by Mboma in the closing meters.
Thompson-Herah's time — 21.53 — was the second-fastest performance by a woman in the 200 meters in Olympic history. Her time in the 100-meter sprint in Tokyo set an Olympic record in that event.
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