The New York Times reports that Jamaican Elaine Thompson won the women’s 100 meters at the Rio Olympics today, taking the place of previous winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, also from Jamaica, who was eyeing a third straight title. Thompson has now earned the unofficial title of Fastest Woman in the World.
Thompson seized the lead in the race quickly and never let up, winning in 10.71 seconds.
Tori Bowie of the United States took the silver and Fraser-Pryce the bronze.
The field had an unusually large number of contenders for gold.
Fraser-Pryce, 29, won gold in the 100 at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. Heading to Rio, though, she was not seen as invincible as in past years. At the Jamaican national trials in July, she finished behind Thompson, 24, running a 10.93 while battling a lingering foot injury.
Fraser-Pryce, her flowing hair dyed the Jamaican colors of yellow and green, looked sharp in the semifinal round, though, logging a time of 10.88, tied with Thompson for the fastest qualifying time.
Thompson logged the fastest time of anyone in the world this year before the Games with a 10.70 at the trials, establishing herself as one of the favorites in Rio. She won the silver medal in the 200 and a gold medal in the 4×100 relay at the world championships last year. [. . .]