Elaine Thompson-Herah became the first woman in history to win a back-to-back Olympic sprint double title after her incredible run to claim the women’s 200m title in 21.53s at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

She was the overwhelming favourite for the GOLD and she duly delivered under the night sky of the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo with a performance that sees her become the second-fastest woman over the 200m.

After her commanding display to win the women’s 100m (10.61) three days ago, the Jamaican is now the quickest woman alive in both sprint distances, with American Sprint legend, Florence Griffith-Joyner still topping the list in both events.

Namibian, Christine Mboma, who started competing in the 200m a few weeks ago because of her high testosterone levels stopping her from running 400m to 1-mile races, was 2nd in a new World U20 and African Record of 21.81s. She also becomes the second Olympic medalist for Namibia after Frankie Fredericks.

USA’s Gabby Thomas, the fastest living woman alive before the final nicked the Bronze with a late surge in the last 10m, clocking 21.87. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was 4th (21.94) and Marie Jose Ta-Lou fifth with 22.27.

Thompson-Herah will now set her sights on winning her third GOLD medal when she competes in the women’s 4x400m relay on Friday.


Deji is one of the leading Athletics journalists in Nigeria as he possesses a deep passion for PR and branding athletes. He has extensively covered a wide range of sporting competitions, both within and outside Nigeria, with a particular focus on showcasing African Sports Stories. In addition to his journalistic prowess, he is well-versed in Sports Management and Marketing.


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