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#RioGoldRush: Campbell-Brown out of 200m semis, Thompson and Facey in

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 8:53 AM

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Elaine Thompson remained on course for the Olympic sprint double after securing her passage to the semi-finals of the women’s 200m today.

Thompson, fresh off her 100m triumph appeared keen on conserving energy, as she placed second in heat four in 22.63 seconds to progress to tomorrow’s semi-finals set for 8 p.m.

The race was won by Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast in a lifetime best of 22.31. Ta Lou had narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100m as she was clocked the same time of 10.86, as bronze medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Simone Facey also placed second in her heat with a time of 22.78 to advance to the semi-finals. The race was won by the sixth place finisher from the 100m Michelle-lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago in 22.50 seconds to be the fastest qualifier.

Two-time Olympic 200m champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown, failed to secure her place in the semis after placing third in semi-final nine in a time of 22.97.

Bahrain’s Edidiong Ofonime Odiong topped the field in a person best of 22.74.

Simone Facey:
Age: 31 years old
High School: Vere Technical High School
            Tertiary Education: Barton County College then Texas A&M University
            Events: Women’s 200m, 4x100m relay
            Personal Best: 200m - 22.25s
            Interesting Facts:
Some parts of the community in which Facey grew up, Evergreen, Manchester, only got electricity in 2014
Facey is cousins with another member of Jamaica’s team in Rio, Sashalee Forbes, who forms part of the 4X100m pool.
Was a World Junior 100m silver medal winner in 2002

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
Did not make her high school track and field team
Is the reigning national 100m champion

Veronica Campbell-Brown:
Age: 34 years old
High School: Vere Technical High School
            Tertiary Education: University of Arkansas
            Events: Women’s 200m, 4x100m relay
            Personal Best: 200m - 21.74s
            Interesting Facts:
VCB, as she is affectionately called, made her Olympic debut at age 18 winning silver as part of Jamaica’s 4X100m team at the 2000 Sydney Games to be the country’s youngest medal winner at the Games.
She is competing at an amasing fifth Olympics and has won at least one medal at each of her previous four
She has won 18 Olympic and World Championship medals to be one of the most decorated athletes in the history of track and field