Tokyo 2020 sprint Queen Elaine Thompson-Herah blocked by Instagram after sharing video

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Elaine Thompson-Herah has had her Instagram account blocked after she attempted to post videos of her triumphant 100 metre and 200 metre finals from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The champion sprinter took to Twitter to explain why she was unable to use her Instagram account.

In her tweet, Thompson-Herah wrote: “I was blocked on Instagram for posting the races of the Olympics because I did not own the right to do so. So see y’all in two days.”

The broadcasting rights for the Olympic Games are extremely lucrative for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with the latest TV deal providing more than $4 billion for the rights to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Tokyo 2020.

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Thompson-Herah, who comes from Jamaica, successfully defended her titles over the two shortest distances after winning the same races at Rio 2016. On Tuesday she finished the 200 metres in just 21.53 seconds and was just 0.19 seconds away from Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record which has been considered by many to be borderline unassailable given that it was set at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. 

The 29-year-old also ran a scarcely believable time in the 100 metre race, breaking the Olympic record as she finished in 10.61 seconds which was only 0.12 seconds off Griffith-Joyner’s world record. Asked after the race if she thought she could break the record, Thompson-Herah said: “Most definitely if I wan’t celebrating. I’m still working, it’s a work in progress… Anything is possible.”

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Thompson-Herah did manage to post a celebration on Instagram before she was banned. Marking her incredible achievement,  wrote in a post: “Double Double! It always seems impossible until it’s done- Nelson Mandela

“I never imagined that I would be someone who made history. I was just a young girl from Banana Ground, Jamaica with big dreams and a fighting spirit.

“Today, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has played a role in helping me unlock my dreams- my family, all my supporters and @ncbjamaica, who have been investing in me, believing in me, and cheering me on every step of the way.”

The 4×100 metre relay heats take place on Thursday and Thompson-Herah and her teammates will be hoping to improve on the silver medal they picked up in Rio. 

The Jamaican’s will be extremely confident heading into the event given that in the individual 100 metres event they dominated the podium. Thompson-Herah was followed in second by track legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, while the bronze medal went to Shericka Jackson.

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