Thompson takes gold, Schippers settles for silver

Elaine Thompson of Jamaica has taken gold in the women’s 200m final, with Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands taking silver.

The 24-year-old wasn’t sure she had won until the result appeared on the screen, but her time of 21.78s was enough to beat Schippers on 21.88s and bronze medalist Tori Bowie of the United States, who posted 22.15s.

Thompson did the hard work in the opening 100m, building a lead over Schippers that the Dutch sprinter couldn’t recover from.

This win follows Thompson’s earlier gold medal in the 100m event, and sees her displace reigning world champion Schippers, who posted the fastest time in the semi-finals.

“It is a very special and welcoming feeling for me. I think my light has shined,” Thompson told BBC Sport.

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

Jamaica now have a total of six medals, including four golds, all from the athletics, as Thompson adds her two golds to Usain Bolt’s 100m success and Omar McLeod’s victory in the 110m hurdles.

Thompson is the first Jamaican women to do the 100m and 200m double.

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