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#RioGoldRush: Elaine Thompson on course for sprint double

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 8:41 PM
Elaine Thompson congratulates Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands after the 200m semi-final - Ricardo Makyn photo

Jamaica’s Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson remains on course for the sprint double as she qualified for the final of the women’s 200m at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

Her compatriot Simone Facey recorded a season's best 22.57 for third place in semi-final three but that was not good enough to secure a place in the final despite 

Thompson booked her spot in tomorrow’s final finishing second to her main rival Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands in a time of 22.13 semi-final one.

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 - 10.70s, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
She had a spectacular 200-metre race winning silver medal at the Beijing World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.

PROFILE - 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