Brenessa Thompson is once again grabbing headlines for all the positive reasons.
Having already qualified for this year’s Olympic Games in the 100m, the US based sprinter on Thursday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, rewrote the record books by lowering the national 200m record.
Thompson clocked 23.19s to erase the 12-year old record of 23.33s previously held by Aliann Pompey.
Thompson punched her ticket to the Games to be held in Brazil in August after achieving the qualifying standard on April 23 at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas.
The 20-year who attends Texas A&M, ran a personal best of 11.31s in the 100m at the meet to go under the IAAF Olympic Rio Standards which is 100ths of a second slower (11.32s).
Thompson joins quarter mile specialist and Guyana’s 400m record holder, Winston George and triple jumper, Troy Doris in reaching qualifying standards for the Games scheduled for August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.
George qualified after running 45.25s last August at the IAAF World Championships in China.
The 400m men’s qualifying standard stands at 45.40s.
The qualifying window closes on July 10.