Monday 14 October, 2019

Elaine Thompson takes 100m gold medal at Pan American Games

Gold medalist Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, centre, silver medalist Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, left, and bronze Vitoria Cristina Silva of Brazil pose for photos at the podium for the women's 100m during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd).

Gold medalist Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, centre, silver medalist Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, left, and bronze Vitoria Cristina Silva of Brazil pose for photos at the podium for the women's 100m during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd).

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson won the 100m title in 11.18 (-0.6m/s) at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday to secure Jamaica’s third gold medal at the championships.

The 27-year-old, who leads the world list with 10.73, dominated the race from the start and became only the second Jamaican to win the event at these Games. Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye was second in 11.27 and Brazil’s Vitória Rosa was third in 11.30.

Jamaica's Natasha Morrison could only manage sixth in 11.40.

The win came mere minutes after Natoya Goule won the 800m title and a day after Fedrick Dacres retained his discus title with a Games record of 67.68m.

Elaine Thompson of Jamaica wins the gold medal in the women's 100m final.

In the men's 100m final, Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer finished fifth in 10.32 seconds.

USA’s Mike Rodgers delivered the first medal of the Games for the USA by taking the title in 10.09 (-0.5m/s). The 34-year-old, world ranked No.6 and two-time finalist at the IAAF World Championships, upset Brazil’s Paulo André de Oliveira in the closing stages of the race. De Oliveira clocked 10.16 while Antigua and Barbuda’s Cejhae Greene completed the podium (10.23). The last US man to win the 100m title was Bernard Williams 20 years ago in Winnipeg.

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