Rio 2016: Elaine Thompson stuns training partner Fraser-Pryce

Thompson prevented Fraser-Pryce from winning a third successive Olympic gold.

Rio 2016: Elaine Thompson stuns training partner Fraser-Pryce
Thompson storms to victory (photo: Getty Images)

Elaine Thompson stunned the world with a devastating run of 10.71 seconds to wrestle gold away from her Jamaican colleague and training partner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

The Jamaicans make a flying start 

All the pre-race talk surrounded potential history for the Jamiacan sprint duo of Usain Bolt and Fraser-Pryce, both chasing down an Olympic sprint gold treble. Though it was my to be for Fraser-Pryce as Thompson produced the performance of her life.

Both Jamaicans got excellent starts as they flew out the blocks and were level in the first half of the race. As they began to pull away from the rest of the field, the taller Thompspn stretched her legs further and began to edge clear of Fraser-Pryce, never looking back as she hunted down that maiden Olymlic title.

Thompson breaks clear as Fraser-Pryce is pegged back 

As Thompson broke away, Fraser-Pryce began to look tight as not only the gap between her and Thompson increased, but third place American Tori Bowie began to close in. With ten metres to go Bowie passed Fraser-Pryce to steal silver. 

Thompson explained after the race that she did not know how to react when she crossed the line first. "When I crossed the line and glanced across to see I was clear, I didn't know how to celebrate". Whilst Fraser-Pryce was typically gracious claiming "what I'm most happy about is the 100m title staying in Jamaica. I'm on the podium with my training partner. I'm proud of Jamaica"

It was not to be a fairytale ending for Team GB's sprinters. Desiree Henry finished fourth in her semi-final to miss out on the final eight and explained "it wasn't the Olympic ending I was really hoping for". Teammate Asha Philip also went out at the semi-final stage admitting "I've still got a lot to work on. I'm not doing as well as I want to be doing".