Gabby Thomas made it to her first ever global championship by winning the women’s 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. She ran the course in 21.61—the best time in the world this year, set a new meet record, and the third-fastest time ever in the event. She is only second to World record-holder Florence Griffith-Joyner (21.34 and 21.56) in the entire history of this race event.
Jenna Prandini who finished second in 21.89 and Anavia Battle who placed third in 21.95, closely followed Thomas. They all made it to Team USA heading for Tokyo this summer.
What makes Thomas’ win even more inspiring is the circumstances in which she participated in the trials. Only after a little over a month of finding she had a tumor in her liver, she won the national title. She talks about being worried about the possibility of having cancer while competing at the Olympic Trials. But just a couple of days before the Trials, she learned the tumor was benign.
“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,” Thomas said.