As a man thinketh, so shall he be. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
Double-double gold medallist, Elaine Thompson-Herah has spoken about what fueled her into achieving the landmark Olympic success at the Tokyo 2020 Games on Tuesday.
According to the Manchester Parish born sprinter she had been writing down the goal of defending her Olympic titles daily prior to her history-making efforts at Tokyo 2020.
Having written her name in gold at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Saturday, July 31, finishing the women’s 100m race in an explosive 10.61 seconds to expunge the late Florence Grifith-Joyner’s 10.62 seconds which had stood as the fastest time in the history of the Olympics since the 1988 Games in Seoul, the Jamaican sprinter returned on the tracks on Tuesday to celebrate another win in the 200m final crossing the finish line at 21.53 seconds.
At a post sprint conference, Thompson-Herah explained how she focused her attentions after injuries had plagued the intervening years between the two Games – Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020:
“I’m happy, I’m overwhelmed, I’m lost for words. I never think [about] this day even though the work was put in already,” she told a news conference.
“But [with] the ups and downs, the obstacles that I have been hurdling and to five years later win a double at the Olympics – it’s amazing.
“I think God is good, and I’ve written this down – if I had my phone I can show you it’s in my notes – daily. I’ve written it down every day; defending my titles, setting new PBs, setting new records.
“Now I can tick those off. There is more in there that I’m looking forward to accomplishing but it’s an amazing feeling to be among the greatest, to be in the record books and also the history books. It’s an amazing feeling.”
She further reiterated how tough the scheduling has been for athletes at this particular Games:
“Well I didn’t say I was tired after the 100 metres, I said we had two runs yesterday which I have never had before.
“We had the heat in the morning and the semis in the afternoon, then to come back and run the final tonight that is tiring, of course, because normally we have every other day to compete in the 200 but this time the schedule was switched up on us where we had two races in one day.
“So definitely, sprinting will take a lot out of your body, we are running very fast, I ran a PB in the 100m so of course I’m very tired, but it’s my job. I came out here and I managed to get another PB and a national record that I’m really excited about.”
By James K. Attaglo Wilson