Thompson-Herah completes double at Commonwealth Games

Elaine Thompson-Herah, of Jamaica, wins the women's 100-meter final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo.
Elaine Thompson-Herah, of Jamaica, wins the women’s 100-meter final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo.
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Elaine Thompson-Herah is no stranger to sprint doubles. Having achieved the feat at the past two Olympic Games, the Jamaican superstar replicated the feat at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday, according to World Athletics.

It said that three days after winning the 100m crown in a relatively close race, Thompson-Herah won the 200m in dominant fashion, setting a Games record of 22.02 (0.6m/s) and finishing almost half a second ahead of her nearest opponent.

Nigeria’s Favour Ofili took silver in 22.5, and Olympic silver medallist Christine Mboma earned bronze in 22.80, World Athletics said.

It said Thompson-Herah had “a comfortable lead before she reached the home straight, then her winning margin continued to increase as she neared the finish line.

World Athletics said she becomes just the fifth woman to achieve the 100m/200m double at the Commonwealth Games.

She could add a third gold medal to her tally at these Games if she contests the 4x100m on Sunday, World Athletics said.

It said just half an hour before Thompson-Herah’s triumph, Jereem Richards won his second international title of the year by taking the men’s 200m in a Games record of 19.80.

“The versatile sprinter from Trinidad & Tobago, who started his 2022 campaign by winning the world indoor 400m title, stepped back down to his specialist distance to win convincingly from England’s Zharnel Hughes (20.12),” World Athletics said.

It said Ghana’s Joseph Amoah was third in 20.49.

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