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Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson Trinidad and Tobago

  • Country: Trinidad & Tobago
  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Height: 5'6" / 1.68m
  • Weight: 170 lbs / 77.1 kg
  • Born: 6/7/1985
  • Career Highlights: While Usain Bolt cruised to victory by a wide margin in the 100 meters in Beijing, it was Thompson who edged out the rest of the field to claim second place. That finish was part of a double-silver performance for the former LSU star, who also anchored Trinidad and Tobago to a runner-up finish - again behind Bolt and Jamaica - in the 4x100-meter relay. Although the sprinter nicknamed "Torpedo" hails from a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, Thompson made a name for himself in Baton Rouge, where he was a four-time NCAA champion. Before his impressive Olympic performance, he won 2008 NCAA titles in the 60 meters indoors and the 100 outdoors in addition to helping LSU win the 4x100 outdoors. Thompson helped Trinidad and Tobago win another silver in the relay at the 2009 world championships, settling for fifth in the individual race. Although he narrowly missed the final in the 100 at the 2011 worlds, he posted a personal best of 9.85 seconds in a different race last year, tying him as the 10th-fastest man of all time. In London, he'll be looking to challenge Bolt while proving his Beijing performance was no fluke.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008
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