Thompson-Herah Kicks Off Olympic 'double-double' Bid
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Mon 02nd August 2021 | 08:30 AM
Tokyo, Aug 2 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Aug, 2021 ) :Defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah kicked off her audacious bid for an unprecedented Olympic women's sprint "double-double" by advancing to the 200m semi-finals on Monday.
Thompson-Herah, who outgunned teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to seal back-to-back 100m golds on Saturday, finished third in her 200m heat which was won by Canadian Emmanuel Crystal in 22.74sec.
"Everything felt completely normal this morning, it felt like a regular race, a regular day," said Thomas, who became the second fastest woman in history over 200m when she clocked a world-leading 21.61sec at the US trials in Eugene in June.
"But as soon as I opened the curtains and walked out to the stadium it was unreal. Even without the fans you can feel the energy.
"I was shaking. Until the gun went off my heart was racing, but once the gun went off it was a lot of fun." Thomas admitted that her focus had changed since winning the US trials.
"I know that nothing is given, I have to earn that spot.
"I thought I was going to be able to practise my curve, get out and focus on execution and... it's not the case!" Also going through was Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who has stepped down from the 400m to concentrate on the 200m.
She looked very comfortable in her heat won by Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou in 22.30.
Another athlete missing from the field was Belarusian Kristina Timanovskaya.