Elaine Thompson won the women’s 100 meters at the Rio Olympics on Saturday, foiling her countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s bid for a third straight title and earning the unofficial title of fastest woman in the world.

Thompson seized the lead in the race quickly and never let up, winning in 10.71 seconds.

Tori Bowie of the United States took the silver in 10.83. Fraser-Pryce and Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast clocked the same time to the hundredths of a second — 10.86 — but Fraser-Pryce was awarded bronze after a review of images from finish-line cameras that can capture thousands of frames per second.

The field had an unusually large number of contenders for gold.

Fraser-Pryce, 29, won gold in the 100 at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. Heading to Rio, though, she was not seen as invincible as in past years.

At the Jamaican national trials in July, she finished behind Thompson, 24, running a 10.93 while battling a lingering foot injury.

Fraser-Pryce, her flowing hair dyed the Jamaican colors of yellow and green, looked sharp in the semifinal round, though, logging a time of 10.88, tied with Thompson for the fastest qualifying time.

Thompson logged the fastest time of anyone in the world this year before the Games with a 10.70 at the trials, establishing herself as one of the favorites in Rio.

She won the silver medal in the 200 and a gold medal in the 4×100 relay at the world championships last year.

At the 2015 world championships, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands won the silver medal in the 100 and was the 200 champion. She finished fifth here.

English Gardner of the United States was seventh, in 10.94 seconds, well off her time of 10.74 at the United States trials in July.



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