It is a widespread belief that talent or greatness becomes apparent at a very young age. A child who is called great in any career shows signs of great achievement from the cradle, but the opposite is true of Elaine Thompson, a Jamaican athlete whose best performance before college was a miserable fourth place in the 200m class.
Despite her lackluster start, Elaine has broken the shackles of unperformance and has made a name for herself in the field and athletics. Today, she is known worldwide as the first Jamaican sprinter to win gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the Olympics, she won gold ahead of the Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers, and this golden opportunity came at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Elaine Thompson, a well-known Jamaican athlete, was born on June 28, 1992, in Manchester, Jamaica, and comes from Banana Ground in Manchester Parish, Jamaica. Elaine Thompson was born the only child of a poor couple and grew up with her grandmother from the age of seven. Her grandmother dedicated herself to her granddaughter and gave her all the love and care she needed to grow up to be a successful woman. In her opinion, Elaine deserved the best, even if she (the grandmother) had to borrow money.
Elaine’s educational background can be traced back to Manchester High School, where she completed her early education. In high school, she was already active in athletics, although she was not a star at the time. It is said that great athletes are known from an early age, but in Elaine’s case, the opposite was true, as her record best was fourth place in the second class over 100m, just before she entered college at the 2009 Jamaican High School Championships. She competed in the 4×100 in first grade and also in her second year, but she has kicked off the athletics team because of her miserable performance and because she was accused of being cheeky by her coach, and was therefore not allowed to compete in the competitions in her final year, 2011.
After graduating from high school, Elaine was accepted to the University of Technology in Kingston on an athletic scholarship. At the university, Elaine began her path to fame. The constant improvement of the athlete and her ultimate success in athletic events is due to her coaching. Her coach Francis is taking credit for her performance, and she also benefited greatly from the coaching of Francis’ younger brother Stephen, who is the head coach of the MVP Athletics Club. Stephen is a coach who is always credited with putting Jamaican athletes on the world map.
In 2015 the promising athlete won silver at the Open Air World Championships in Beijing. She had already shown signs of greatness before Beijing, but at the Beijing competitions, she officially made herself known to the world as a legitimate candidate with the talent to make history. Her coaches’ decision to give up the 100m was criticized by the public, but she compensated for this with an astonishing 21.66 in the 200m final, making her the fifth-fastest woman on the track. Dutch rider Dafne Schippers beat Elaine by 0.03 seconds to take gold and become the third-fastest woman in the same race.
In the 100 m, she is rated fourth fastest woman and is already one of the fastest over 200 m. At the Jamaica Olympic Games in July, Elaine made a huge improvement in the 100m where she scored a remarkable 10.70 near Bolt-ian, although women such as Carmelita Jeter (10.64, 10.67), Florence Griffith-Joyner (10.49, 10.61, 10.62) and Marion Jones (10.65) were the only women registered as having a faster 100m time. Another countrywoman, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, also had a record of 10.70 in the 2012 Olympic trials. Elaine’s golden opportunity came at the 2016 Olympic Games when the renowned athlete won the gold medal ahead of Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers in the women’s 200m final. This victory puts her in the lofty position of being the first Jamaican sprinter to cover the 100m and 200m at the Olympics.
Elaine stands at a height of 5ft 6in and weighs 57 kg. As an athlete, she has a great bodybuild with all her abs on the point.
There was a rumor that Elaine was seeing none other than Prince Henry of Wales. According to the rumor mill, the duo has been meeting for several weeks now and will soon announce their liaison. The lovers have been spotted together in Edinburgh, Scotland, and also in Milan, where Elaine Thompson took part in the Deejay Ten Milano 2016.
Well, this relationship (if it ever existed) is now a thing of the past, as the Prince will marry the American actress Meghan, with whom he has been dating since 2017. The royal wedding is scheduled for May 19, 2018.
Facts about Elaine Thompson
Name – Elaine Thompson
Date of Birth – 28th day of June 1992
Place of Birth – Manchester, Jamaica
Institutions Attended – Manchester High School and the University of Technology in Kingston
Profession – Athlete
Height – 5ft 6in
Weight – 57 kg
Net Worth -$4 million.