Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:46
Richard “Torpedo” Thompson joined an elite club when he bagged two medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China.
Thompson became only the fifth Trinidad and Tobago athlete to earn more than one Olympic medal. The Cascade sprinter seized silver in the men’s 100 metres dash in 9.89 seconds, getting to the line behind Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (9.69) and ahead of American Walter Dix (9.91). And in the 4x100 metres relay, Thompson anchored T&T to silver to join Ato Boldon, Rodney Wilkes, Wendell Mottley and Edwin Roberts in the country’s “Multiple Olympic Medalists” club.
The “Torpedo” has had his challenges this season, battling to overcome injury. But his 10.09 seconds 100 metres run on June 9 at the adidas Grand Prix Samsung Diamond League meet in New York, USA, was a clear indicator that he is winning the race to be 100 percent ready for his Olympic appointment. He confirmed this at the National Championships with a 9.96 dash, the impressive clocking earning him silver.