Elaine Thompson of Jamaica wins Olympic gold in women’s 100 meters. She beat out her fellow country woman, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price, who won the bronze.
Fraser Price was trying to become the first in history to ever win three 100m gold in three consecutive Olympics. Her fellow countryman Usain Bolt will attempt the same feat in the 100m men’s final.
Fraser-Pryce had established herself as the queen of women’s sprinting with wins at the Beijing and London Games, in addition to claiming three world championship titles.
However, Thompson left the rest of the field trailing in her wake with a superb performance, clocking 10.71seconds – a time only she has beaten in 2016 – to win comfortably ahead of the United States’ Tori Bowie (10.83secs).
Fraser-Pryce edged out Marie-Josee Ta Lou to grab bronze – both women given the same time of 10.86, while Dafne Schippers came fifth and English Gardner – who had run 10.74 at the US Olympic trials – came a disappointing seventh.