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For the third Olympics in succession, the speediest race in the Olympics has a place with Jamaica. Elaine Thompson, holder of the world’s quickest time this year entering the Rio Olympics, squash the field at last, completing the race in 10.71 seconds. Tori Bowe of the U.S. got the second position winning silver at 10.83 seconds.
Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, who won this race at the last two Olympics, was trying to achieve to the 1st position to ever win three straight Olympic 100-meter races, finished in third at 10.89 seconds.
Thompson’s triumph set off festivals in the huge galleries of Rio’s Olympic stadium. Supporters of Jamaica were covered in green and gold. The decks of Rio’s Olympic stadium were covered with the green, dark, and gold banners of Jamaica. Anybody can image the feeling, however that a memorable individual win for Fraser Pryce – who got the loudest cheers as the names of finalists were announced. Fraser Pryce could have lifted the stadium’s spirit much higher. But the Jamaican was unstoppable.
After Thompson crossed the finish line, she headed toward embrace Fraser Pryce and wrapped the Jamaican banner around her partner. Fraser Pyrce’s hair was dyed with her nation’s colour. She smiled politely, because bronze was not her target.
Thompson’s win has clearly established the fact that America may be good in swimming pool as the best performances came in swimming from America, but Jamaica has been holding the top performances for the couple of decades. The main attraction will be on Sunday where Usain Bolt is going to race his Olympic final 100 metre. He will obviously try to hold his winning for the three straight titles in Olympic; despite Justin Gatlin will be the main competitor to fight with. Gatlin of USA scored his lifetime best 9.74 seconds in the Diamond League at Doha.
Women’s gold in the 100 metre run has been untouched for America since 1996 when Gail Devers took won her second straight Olympic medal. Though Marion Jones won the gold medal in Sydney in the year 2000, but her medal was being stripped off after she confessed of using steroids in 2007.
LaShawn Merritt of USA, the men’s 400-m Olympic champion in 2008 who bowed out in the opening round in London in view of a hamstring damage, steamed into the 400 metre run last Sunday night. Now he will have to compete with Kirani James of Grenada, the defending Olympic champion.
People have to wait to see whether Justin Gatlin can beat Usain Bolt in the final run. But the first night of Rio Olympic track and field speed event, Jamaica has created the watermark once again.