Elaine Thompson Completes Rio 2016 Double; Bolt Quickest In 200m

Elaine Thompson complete the women’s sprint double, Usain Bolt runs fastest 200m semis time, while USA athletes sweep the women’s 100m hurdles medals.

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Jamaica's Elaine Thompson at Rio 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sporting Alert – Elaine Thompson held off the fast finishing Dafne Schippers to win the women’s 200m and complete the Olympic Games sprint double at Rio 2016 on Wednesday night.

Thompson, who secured the gold medal in the 100m on Saturday, blasted off the corner and then held her form down the straightaway to win the title in a season-best time of 21.78 seconds.

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The Jamaican was chased down by Schippers at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, last summer, and the Dutchwoman looked as though she was about the complete the same feat at the Olympic Games.

However, the world champion closed the gap, but was unable to overtake Thompson and had to settle for the silver medal in 21.88secs.

Schippers, who fell across the line, was visually disappointed following the race – with images capturing her tossing her spikes to the ground aggressively after failing to catch Thompson in the closing metres.

American champion Tori Bowie fell behind early in the race, but recovered to win the bronze medal in 22.15.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou from the Ivory Coast ran a new personal best and national record of 22.21 for fourth place.

Meanwhile, in the women’s sprint hurdles final, USA completed the first-ever sweep of the medals in the 100m hurdles in Olympic history, after Brianna Rollins led a 1-2-3 finish in the event for the Americans.

Rollins covered the obstacle distance in a time of 12.48, with Nia Ali getting the silver in 12.59 and Kristi Castlin outleaning Great Britain’s Cindy Ofili for the bronze in 12.61.

In the other final on the night, Tianna Bartoletta leaped a personal best mark of 7.17m in the fifth round to win the women’s Long Jump gold medal – beating American countrywoman and defending champion Brittney Reese, who did 7.15m for the silver.

Ivana Španović of Serbia won the bronze with a national record mark of 7.08m.

In the meantime, Usain Bolt took another step towards completing another Olympic Games sprint double after the Jamaican booked his place in the final in the men’s 200m with the fastest time and new seasonal best.

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Bolt, the champion from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, eased to a comfortable 19.78 seconds to win the second semi-final.

The world record holder joked his way across the finishing line with Canadian Andre De Grasse, who set a new national record of 19.80 to take second in the heat and advanced to the final as the second fastest.

USA’s LaShawn Merritt ran 19.94 to win his semi-final over France’s Christophe Lemaitre (20.01), but his American countryman and the second fastest man in 2016, Justin Gatlin, failed to advance after finishing third in his semis in 20.13.

Panama’s Alonso Edward took the other semi-final in a time of 20.07.

Also missed out at qualifying for the final was Jamaican champion Yohan Blake, the London 2012 silver medallist, after running 20.37 in his semi-final heat.

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