There is something about the Olympics, not that easy to define in a few words. Magical for those who are able to gain that optimal gold medal. Joy to be able to attain a silver, bronze medal. It puts you on a platform where the taste of success can surely become addictive. Your defeat, knowing you were almost there can also drive you to another type of addiction, a healthy addiction that holds you for the next four years and that I can say is a little bit of what the Olympics is about.
First timers making their entrance, how do they focus when they are amongst the best of the best in the world hoping that they too can be on that platform? Nerves must be contended with don’t you think so? Alot to take in for them, nonetheless pride they surely must have to be able to represent their country. Adorning themselves in their respective country colours, hearing anthems being played. You begin to realise that the Olympics is indeed a special event, like no other. An event where individuals, teams all vie for that GOLD knowing full well the country they left behind is more than 100% behind them. We wait with baited breaths, hoping, that our athletes will shine and deliver for US. We can only wish we had their talents, as we appreciate what it takes to make it to the Olympics. What it takes to prepare for four years, only to have a few minutes, mere seconds, to deliver.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce the consummate athlete who with an injured toe put it together went to work ran on that toe in her best time to give us a medal. Come on now we have persons who have a minor headache, an upset tummy and call in sick or leave their plase of work early. Nooo not Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. What more could you ask for from the woman who gave us GOLD two times in a row on the Olympic platform? Respect………………………and see you in Tokyo, 2020.
Elaine Thompson held it down, was in peak performance, and shine she most certainly did. Her moment is her moment deservedly so, and as the flood gates to success begin to open we say thank you Elaine for giving Jamaica its first GOLD.
‘It’s Elaine’s time’ – Thompson: I’m excited, really happy
Thompson clocked 10.71 seconds – the second-fastest time in Olympic women’s 100m final in history – to get the better of American Tori Bowie (10.83) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.87).
“I’m very excited. I’m really happy. Jamaica has so many talented sprinters, and to be only the second Olympic champion, I’m really happy about that. As long as it (the title) remains with Jamaica, I’m happy,” Thompson said.
The sprinter from Banana Ground in Manchester became the 17th Olympic 100m champion and only the second Jamaican to top the podium in the event at the Olympic Games.
“Last year was a big motivation for me, so coming here, I was even more motivated and was determined to put in the work and train hard. I look up to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce so much. She had such a rough season and competing with her is a honour,” added Thompson.
Fraser-Pryce, who was looking to become the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals in the 100m, says she was thrilled that she was able to overcome what was her most challenging season, given a problematic toe injury, and said she was happy that Thompson – her training partner at the MVP Track Club – was able to secure the gold medal.
HAPPY FOR ELAINE
“I’m really happy I persevered. One of the things I was happy about is that Elaine (Thompson) was able to get across the line and get her gold medal. I am really happy for her. I have seen her work hard, and it was her time,” Fraser-Pryce said. “In 2008, it was my time. In 2016, it is her time, and I’m happy Jamaica gets to keep the gold.
“When I started my season in 2015 and I was looking forward to this (Olympics), I never imagined something like this (injury) would happen. I was just excited to defend my title, and then the unexpected happened. Looking back, I have accomplished so much, and if I had the opportunity to sit and write this story, I wouldn’t even know where to start. To be able to stand on the podium with Elaine is a wonderful feeling,” Fraser-Pryce added.
Fraser-Pryce said she will be bringing her season to a close after the Olympics and will be consulting with several medical professionals, noting that a surgical procedure to correct her toe injury is “very possible.”
The other Jamaican in the event, Christania Williams, finished eighth in 11.40, after apparently picking up an injury.
Thompson will now turn her attention to the 200m and the 4x100m, where she is also expected to team up with Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes and Williams.