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#RioGoldRush: Jamaica strikes gold and adds bronze

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 8:15 PM

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Jamaica continued its dominance in the women’s 100m as Elaine Thompson secured the country’s third consecutive 100m Olympic gold medal, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking the bronze.

Thompson, competing at her maiden Olympics, took the victory in 10.71 seconds to add Olympics 100m gold to her 2015 World Championships 200m bronze.

Fraser-Pryce was seeking to become the first athlete to win gold in three consecutive 100m Olympic finals, but appeared to have been hampered by a season-long foot injury as she did not get off to her usual quick start to finish third in a season’s best of 10.86.

The two medals took Jamaica’s Olympics tally to 69.

The silver medal was capture by Tori Bowie of the USA in 10.83 while Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who was expected to challenge for a medal finished fifth in 10.90 seconds.

Jamaica’s other representative in the final, Christania Williams, was eighth in 11.80.

PROFILE - Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
Won silver in the women’s 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica’s national record in the women’s 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Is the reigning national 100m champion

PROFILE - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Age: 29 years old
High School: Wolmer’s High School              
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s100m, 4x100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s
Interesting Facts:
First Jamaican woman to win the 100m at the Olympics
Fraser-Pryce is looking to go one better than the American pair of Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers who like her successfully defend the women’s 100m title.
Holds the Jamaican national record of 10.70 for the women’s 100 jointly with club mate Elaine Thompson
She is called the 'Pocket Rocket'.

PROFILE - Christania Williams
Age: 21 years old
High School: Edwin Allen High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 100m, 4x100m relay
Personal Best: 10.97
Interesting Facts:
Burst onto the senior stage this season with a third place finish at the national trials
2011 World Youth Championships bronze medalist in the 100m