Barbadian Olympic bronze medallist, Obadele Thompson, has revealed that he was overcome with a way of relief after crossing the road third at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The historic trophy was the primary for the sprinter and first for Barbados as an independent nation, but the sprinter had battled through his justifiable share of disappointment before securing the breakthrough. Before that, Thompson had finished outside of the medals at the previous four major games (3 World Championships and 1 Olympics) and even before that fourth at the planet Junior Championships in 1994.
Finally, though, his diligence did off in Sydney. “Crossing third was an enormous relief. I had placed fourth at numerous other championships. I came fourth at the planet Youth Championships, fourth in 1996, within the 200, when Michael Johnson set his amazing record. I came forth the year before, in 1999, within the 100m and 200m,” Thompson told SportsMax.Tv’s InCaseYouMissedIT.
“To be ready to cross the road and eventually know I used to be getting to get on stage was an enormous deal, and to understand that Barbados, never seen our flag raised at a worldwide championship of that magnitude before was a tremendous feeling,” he added. Still, the previous athlete, as tends to be the case, admits that he also felt some amount of disappointment because the results of the race could are even better.
“It was also disappointing, I knew I used to be in better shape, coming to the Olympic Games with an injury that I sustained about six weeks before and that I had to return off the ECU circuit after running rather well within the 100m. the sole person who was beating me was Maurice Green,” Thompson said. “Having to go away the circuit, handling the injury, and not knowing if I might be ready to compete, it had been also a blessing to possess made it down that track.”