Thompson Runs in Relay at IAAF Finale
MOSCOW, Russia – As the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics came to a close on Sunday night, LSU Track & Field alum Richard Thompson anchored Trinidad & Tobago to a seventh-place finish in the final of the men’s 4x100-meter relay with a clocking of 38.57 seconds in the final event held at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
After qualifying for the final with a time of 38.38 in the first of three semifinal heats earlier in the day, Thompson teamed with his fellow countrymen Ayodele Taffe, Keston Bledman and Rondel Sorrillo in the final as he anchored the squad to a seventh-place finish in the final with their time of 38.57 in the meet’s finale.
Jamaica flexed its muscle once again in an international relay final as it won the men’s 4x100-meter relay at the World Championships for the third-straight time with a winning run of 37.36.
While running with a team of Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Usain Bolt, the Jamaicans dominated the final as they struck gold ahead of the United States to continue their sprint dominance. An American team of Charles Silmon, Mike Rodgers, Mookie Salaam and Justin Gatlin followed the Jamaican’s across the finish line in 37.66, while Canada won the bronze medal with a time of 37.92 in the final.
Despite anchoring Trinidad & Tobago to seventh place in Sunday’s relay final, Thompson has enjoyed a decorated career in international competition as the anchor leg of one of the world’s premier relay teams.
Thompson has won a pair of Olympic medals in the event with a silver medal in Beijing in 2008 and a bronze medal in London in 2012, as well as a silver medal at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, in 2009. It is a career in which Thompson also won the silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the 2008 Olympic Games for a haul of four medals in international competition during his professional career.