In one of the most anticipated finals of the Olympic Games, it was Athing Mu who came out on top, to no one’s surprise, in the women’s 800m. The 19-year-old was the gold medal favourite in the event and she delivered, running 1:55.21 to set a new U.S. record, the ninth-fastest time in history. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah won the women’s 200m gold medal in a new national record, her fifth Olympic Gold medal, and her second gold of this Games after storming to victory in the 100m.
ATHING MU TAKES THE GOLD! 🥇
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Mu took the lead right out of the gate and held it for the entire race. Running through the first lap in 57 seconds, there was a pack of four runners vying for the silver medal position coming down the back stretch, with the U.K.’s Jemma Reekie making a strong push for second around the final turn. It was her fellow Briton and the other 19-year-old in the race, Keely Hodgkinson who overtook her in the final 50 metres for the silver medal, setting a U.K. record in 1:55.88. U.S. runner Raevyn Rodgers came from the back of the pack with a brilliant kick for third in a personal best 1:56.81, while Reekie ended up fourth, also in a personal best 1:56.90.
Elaine Thompson-Herah does it again! It is the double-double for the #JAM sprint queen in 21.53!#Gold women’s 200m Tokyo 2020#Gold women’s 100m Tokyo 2020#Gold women’s 200m Rio 2016#Gold women’s 100m Rio 2016@WorldAthletics | #StrongerTogether | #Tokyo2020 | #Athletics pic.twitter.com/AENA2JzT1X
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Women’s 200m final
Thompson-Herah won her second gold medal of these Olympic Games in the women’s 200m, completing the coveted sprint double-double after winning both the 100m and 200m in Rio and now again in Tokyo. She dominated the field throughout the entire 200 metres, crossing the line in a new Jamaican record of 21.53. Namibia’s Christine Mboma came second and set a new world under 20 record of 21.81, and American sprinter Gabby Thomas rounded out the podium in 21.87. Jamaica’s other sprinting star, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price, ended up in fourth in 21.94.
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