Elaine Thompson (Getty Images)
Rio de Janeiro - Jamaica's
Elaine Thompson stormed to victory in the women's 100m here on Saturday to
end the Olympic reign of compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Thompson, 24, got off to a flying start and quickly surged to the
front to cross in 10.71, punching the air and embracing training
partner Fraser-Pryce at the finish.
Tori Bowie of the United States took silver with 10.83 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."
The win ended 29-year-old Fraser-Pryce's hopes of a hat-trick of 100m
titles after her gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
Instead it was Thompson who confirmed herself as the next star of
Jamaican women's sprinting with an imperious display at the Olympic
"What I'm most happy about is that the 100m title is staying in
Jamaica," said Fraser-Pryce, who took to the track with her hair dyed in
Jamaica's national colours.
"I'm on the podium with my training partner. I'm proud of Jamaica - just look at my hair," Fraser-Pryce said.
Exploding out of the blocks, Thompson quickly edged clear of the
field and the powerfully built runner never looked like relinquishing
her grip on the contest.
Marie-Josee Ta Lou finished just outside the medals in fourth while
flying Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers, widely seen as a strong favourite for
the 200m, was fifth in 10.90.
Two other women - Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago and the
USA's English Gardner - also dipped under 11 seconds with times of
10.92 and 10.94 respectively.
It was the first time in track and field history that seven women have gone under 11 seconds in a single race.