Elaine Thompson-Herah Says she Used 'Comments’ as Motivation | 22 Words

It's been eleven days since the Tokyo Olympics got underway, and we've all been keeping an eye on our favorites. From MyKayla Skinner to Xander Schauffele, our American athletes have been doing us proud. However, away from the national team, there's been another stand-out athlete who has taken the world by storm and that's Jamaica's own Elaine Thompson-Herah.

The twenty-nine-year-old stunned audiences as she snatched the gold medal in the 100-meters for the third time. Thompson-Herah ran the race in 10.61 seconds, leading to a dramatic upset for the other fan favorites, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, who managed to secure a silver and bronze medal for themselves.


Speaking to BBC Sport after the impressive race, Thompson-Herah explained how her main motivation was all the "bad comments" circling around her on social media as well as in real life.

"God is amazing, I've been struggling, I see all the bad comments, I see everything, for me to stay focused and keep my composure," she said. "I use them as my motivation, to take me here today, more than enough. I felt it, I'm so excited to celebrate early, I'm grateful. I'm lost for words right now, that is amazing."

One of her main competitors, silver medalist Fraser-Pryce also spoke to the news outlet saying this: "It wasn't the best 30m because I had a stumble at about the third step and I never recovered from it. Nevertheless, I am grateful to be able to come out here and represent what God has given me.

"I am excited because as a mother and my fourth Olympics to be able to stand again on the podium is just a tremendous honor. I am hoping wherever in the world, mothers, athletes, females we understand that there is so much more we can achieve."

She also added: "It is crazy, but you know my emotions are still very raw right now. I am sure I will go home and there will be some tears. I have been through this many, many times, so I am just really excited about what I have been able to do tonight."


Thompson-Herah previously suffered a serious injury between the 2016 Rio Olympics and now - in 2019, she was battling with an Achilles tendon injury which she gained at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. But regardless of the setback, she managed to persevere and is now a 3-time Olympic gold winner, which goes to show that resilience and hard work always pay off in the end.

Congratulations to her and to the other winners of the 100-meter race!