RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Jamaica's Elaine Thompson won the Olympic women's 100m gold medal with a time of 10.71 seconds in the final on Saturday, beating two-time defending champion and compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce into third place.
The 24-year-old Thompson finished ahead of American Tori Bowie who ran 10.83sec with Fraser-Pryce taking bronze in 10.86sec.
Thomson, who won silver in the 200m in last year's world championships in Beijing, admitted to being surprised by her victory.
"When I crossed the line and glanced across to see I was clear (I) didn't quite know how to celebrate," she told reporters.
The finalists finished very tightly grouped with each running under 11 seconds, apart from Jamaica's Christina Williams.
Fraser-Pryce told reporters that if she was going to lose, she was glad to do so to a fellow Jamaican.
"What I'm most happy about is that the 100m title is staying in Jamaica. I'm on the podium with my training partner. I'm proud of Jamaica - just look at my hair," she said, alluding to her brightly-dyed locks.
Compatriot Usain Bolt, favourite to win the men's 100m, was quick to congratulate the pair on Twitter, lauding Fraser-Pryce "for fighting and showing the heart of champ".
The gold and bronze performances were Jamaica's first medals of Rio, a count that is expected to rise as the focus shifts from swimming to athletics over the coming week.