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Jamaica Strikes First in Race for World's Fastest Woman at Rio

25 August 2016

Elaine Thompson won the women's 100 meters at the Rio Olympics on Saturday, foiling her countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's bid for a third straight title and earning the unofficial title of fastest woman in the world. And Bolt will be aiming to take his first medal in the 100m, to start off an unprecedented "triple triple".

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was seeking a third successive Olympic title over the most glamorous sprint distance, but had to settle for third as Thompson won comfortably in a time of 10.71 seconds, a hundredth outside her world-leading time in 2016.

Jamaica is once again the home to the Fastest Woman in the World, extending America's drought in this Olympic event it once owned to 20 years, and counting.

"I am very excited, I'm very happy because Jamaica has so many talented sprinters and to be the second champion, as long as it remains Jamaica I am very happy", Thompson said afterward. I'm proud of Jamaica: just look at my hair.

"We feel so fortunate to be part of this team", said Eleanor Logan, who was also part of the gold medal teams in 2008 and 2012.

Thompson, 24, got off to a flying start and quickly surged to the front to cross in 10.71sec, punching the air before embracing training partner Fraser-Pryce.

"I thought about all my hard work and that it could all be gone in a minute".

Thompson had lingered in the shadow of two-time gold medalist Fraser-Pryce but proved in the final of the 100 meters that she had the power needed to win at the top level.

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"What I'm most happy about is that the 100m title is staying in Jamaica".

Bowie is also a former long jumper who didn't decide to concentrate on the 100 and 200 until just two years ago. "I can't imagine what is happening there right now", she said, smiling. "But I knew I had just one race to go tonight".

In the heptathlon, Nafi Thiam of Belgium took the Olympic title away from Great Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill, one of the leading lights of the London Games. Given the duo's personal bests over 800m, that equated to Thiam getting around within 9.47sec of Ennis-Hill to claim victory.

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson wins the gold medal in the women's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. Injured in 2012, she took her 100m personal best from 11.41 to 11.17 in 2014 and then to 10.84 past year.

"It was a great moment for athletics and in particular the Caribbean", he said. "That is why I was quite emotional at the end".

Farah meanwhile fell midway through the race as he got entangled with American training partner Galen Rupp. She then took the final set decisively, 6-1.

The 29-year-old said her earlier semi-final win had exacerbated the injury but despite the loss, was still happy to reach the podium.

FENCING: Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab during competition earlier in the week, won a bronze medal Saturday along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event when they routed Italy, 45-30.