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Elaine Thompson-Herah wins women’s 200m final to complete Olympic double-double

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Elaine Thompson-Herah won the women’s 200m final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.

The Jamaican, who won gold in the women’s 100m, clocked a time of 21.53 seconds – the second fastest ever in the history of the women’s event.

Thompson-Herah’s stunning victory confirmed a double-double, with the 29-year-old having also won 100m and 200m gold at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Namibia’s Christine Mboma claimed silver, ahead of bronze medalist Gabrielle Thomas of Team USA.

Thompson-Herah’s compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won silver in the 100m, finished fourth.

“Honestly I just need to sleep, I have not slept since the 100m,” Thompson-Herah told the BBC after pulling clear in the final 50m to secure the win.

“Honestly my body is in shock mode, but I still had my composure to come out here.

“I [thought] my time wouldn’t be fast, because yesterday we ran two rounds, which took a lot from me – I equalled my Personal Best last night. So to come out to get a national record and two-time Olympian, I am so happy.

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“I was begging for the line, but you have to hold your technique through the line. I know my grandma is celebrating right now.

“It feels good to be in the history book, to set a barrier for the other generation of athletes coming up, because we have got a lot of athletes coming from Jamaica, it means a lot to me to set this barrier.

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“Everyone who supports me and believes in me, a big thank you to them.”

Christine Mboma won silver for Namibia and USA’s Gabrielle Thomas took bronze (Getty Images)
Christine Mboma won silver for Namibia and USA’s Gabrielle Thomas took bronze (Getty Images)

1) Elaine Thompson-Herah (JAM) - 21.53 seconds

2) Christine Mboma (NAM) - 21.81

3) Gabrielle Thomas (USA) - 21.87

4) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) - 21.94

5) Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CIV) - 22.27

6) Beatrice Masilingi (NAM) - 22.28

7) Mujinga Kambundji (SWI) - 22.30

8) Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH) - 24.00

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