Jamaica’s New Golden Girl

Elaine Thompson (born 28 June 1992) is a Jamaican track and field sprinter. Newly crowned double gold Olympic medalist. Thompson won the 100m Gold medal with a time of 10.71s, and the 200m Gold medal with a time of 21.78s, her first major individual titles as sprint double gold Olympic champion at the same Olympics (Rio 2016). “My school motto was ‘let the light shine’ and I let my light shine tonight,” said Thompson. “It’s a big surprise to me because I have had a hamstring injury. You must overcome these things and tonight I am standing here with a gold.

A native of Banana Ground in Manchester Parish, Jamaica. Running for Christiana High School and later Manchester High School, Thompson was a good but not outstanding scholastic sprinter; her best result at the Jamaican Boys and Girls Championships came in 2009, when she placed fourth in the Class Two 100 meters in 12.01. In 2011, her final year at Manchester High, she was left off the track team for disciplinary reasons.

After high school, she was recruited to the University of Technology, Jamaica by Paul Francis, brother of MVP Track Club head coach Stephen Francis. With MVP coaching, Thompson’s times started improving steadily. In 2013, she clocked a season best of 11.41 at the Gibson Relays and placed second behind Carrie Russell at the Jamaican Intercollegiate Championships; at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Morelia she won gold in the 4 × 100 meters relay, running the first leg on the Jamaican team as it won in 43.58. In 2014 Thompson won her first intercollegiate title, placed fifth in 11.26 at the national championships and had a season best of 11.17. She represented Jamaica at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, running in the 4 × 100 m relay heats; Jamaica won their heat in 42.44, and went on to win gold in the final with Thompson not in the line-up.



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