Tokyo Olympics Athletics: Elaine Thompson-Herah completes historic double with gold in women’s 200m as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce misses out on a medal

Elaine Thompson-Herah scripted history as she bagged the gold medal in both 100 and 200m events at successive Olympic Games.

Elaine Thompson-Herah in women's 200m Tokyo Olympics
Elaine Thompson-Herah

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah has completed a historic double at the Tokyo Olympics. Thompson clocked 21.53 seconds to take the gold in women’s 200m event for the second time in a row. With the gold, the Jamaican completed a historic double by winning gold in both 100 and 200m in successive Olympic Games.

Namibia’s Christine Mboma clinched the silver medal with a timing of 21.81 seconds. At third was American Gabrielle Thomas with a timing of 21.87. Mboma rewrote the U20 World record as she bagged her maiden Olympic medal. Thompson too smashed the world record on her way to her second gold medal at Tokyo Olympics.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce falters in women’s 200m final

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

World’s fastest woman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce missed out on a podium finish in the women’s 200m event. Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah were set for their second showdown of the Tokyo Olympics after the latter won the 100m gold medal. But the 100m world record holder couldn’t bring her A-game to the final.


Marie-Josee Ta Lou (22.27s), Beatrice Masilingi (22,28s) and Mujinga Kambundji (22.34s) make up the last seven lead by Fraser-Pryce who clocked 21.94s. It has been a spectacular Olympic Games for Thompson-Herah in might be her last appearance on the big stage. She battled injuries and the pandemic to complete a historic double and leave behind a grand legacy to follow.

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