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Amazing! - Thompson joins elite company with Olympic sprint double

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 8:00 AMAndre Lowe
Elaine Thompson displays her 200m gold medal.
Elaine Thompson grits her teeth and finds something extra to outlast her great rival, the Netherlands' Dafne Schippers, and win the women's 200m final.
Elaine Thompson (left) is congratulated by silver medal winner Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands after winning the gold medal in the women's 200-metre final.
Elaine Thompson with her 100m gold medal
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:

Elaine Thompson did it again!

The Olympic 100m champion became the seventh woman to win an Olympic sprint double with a determined and powerful run in the 200m final, clocking 21.78 - the third-fastest winning time in an Olympic women's 200m final.

It was intense. So much so that the world's fastest man himself, Usain Bolt, could hardly contain himself as he watched on a television set in the mixed zone after his 200m semi-final win a few minutes earlier.

"Hold it, come on, hold it!" Bolt shouted in excitement.

Hold it she did.

"It's amazing to come out and win another gold medal, I'm speechless right now," said Thompson.

The Jamaican left her blocks in a hurry and came off the curve with a clear advantage. As expected, she came under heavy assault from Dutch star, Dafne Schippers, as the pair, like they did at the World Championships last year, separated themselves from the chasing pack in a seat-edge dart to the finish line.

This time, it was the Jamaican who was celebrating loudest - albeit belatedly, after waiting nervously for confirmation of another glittering gold.

Schippers clocked 21.88 seconds, while American Torie Bowie was third in 22.15.

"My coach has always told me that I can do it. He told me to keep my knees up and push to the line, and I think I did that and that's why I came out with the win," Thompson stated.