Thompson wins women’s 200m gold to complete sprint double

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won Olympic gold in the 200m to complete a sprint double in Rio.

Thompson, 24, clocked 21.78 seconds to beat Netherlands’ world champion Dafne Schippers by 0.13sec and add the 200m title to the gold she won in the 100m.

USA’s Tori Bowie took bronze in 22.15, while Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, 20, ran 22.31 to finish fifth.

“Watching Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and then putting my name there is an amazing feeling.”

Campbell-Brown won the Olympic 200m title at Athens 2004 and retained it in Beijing 2008, while Fraser-Pryce took 100m gold at both Beijing and London 2012.

In all, Jamaica have won 10 of the past 11 Olympic golds in the 100m and 200m, with Usain Bolt a strong favourite to extend that record in Thursday’s men’s 200m final (02:30 BST, Friday).

Thompson is the first woman to complete the Olympic sprint double since Florence Griffiths-Joyner at the 1988 Seoul Games.

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