Gabby Thomas: The 24-Year-Old Harvard Graduate Who Ran The 2nd Fastest 200 Meters (Female Category) In History

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Gabby Thomas finished the women’s 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials at 21.61 seconds!

This makes her the second-fastest in the history of the women’s 200 meters after Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world-record 21.34 seconds from 1988.

Taking to Instagram, the 24-year-old wrote: “21.61 seconds – best to ever do it behind Flo Jo. And I’m an Olympian!!!!! So so so grateful to everybody – especially my coach. Sending love to everyone who has supported me up to this point and to my new supporters. We’re just getting started.”

Gabby graduated from Harvard after studying Neurobiology. She is now working towards a master’s degree in epidemiology at University of Texas at Austin. The Olympian recently had a health scare after a tumour was found in her liver, thankfully it was benign (non-cancerous).

In a statement, she said: “I remember telling God, ‘If I am healthy, I am going to go out and win Trials. If this is not cancer, I will make this team,’ and that’s exactly what I did.” 

The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23, 2021.