Thompson crowned fastest woman in the world

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson screamed to a gold medal in the women's 100-metre at the Rio Games on Saturday.

Thompson, who enjoyed a convincing triumph her semi-final less than two hours prior, romped to a 10,71 triumph ahead of silver medalist Tori Bowie of the US and bronze finisher Shelly-Ann Fraser Price of Jamaica. 

The 24-year-old Thompson registered the fastest time by anyone earlier this year, with an impressive 10,70 at the trials priming her for success at the Games. She also clinched silver and gold in the 200-metre and four x 100-metre relay at the World Championships in 2015.

“When I crossed the line and glanced across to see I was clear (I) didn’t quite know how to celebrate,” Thompson said afterwards. ”There is a big screen back home in my community in Jamaica. I can’t imagine what is happening there right now.”

Defending champion Fraser Price, who was looking to become the first woman to win an Olympic track title three Games running, but after appearing to struggle with an injury after the semi-final was unable to get off to her customary fast start.

Despite this, the Jamaican fought hard to edge Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou for bronze.

“What I’m most happy about is that the 100m title is staying in Jamaica,” said 29-year-old Fraser Price. “I’m on the podium with my training partner. I’m proud of Jamaica: just look at my hair.”

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