Sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah gets blocked on Instagram for sharing clips of her own race at Tokyo Olympics

The Jamaican sprinter successfully defended her Olympic titles from the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics in the two categories in Tokyo.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 4 August 2021 4:15 pm

She might be the fastest women in the world at the moment but even she cannot outrun the broadcast right holders of the ongoing Tokyo 2020. The news coming in is with regards to the gold medallist sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah, who has claimed that she had been blocked on Instagram for posting videos of her 100 and 200 metres races which she won as she did not own the rights to do so.

While she won Saturday's 100m final with a time of 10.61 seconds, breaking an Olympic record that had stood for 33 years, she registered a time of 21.53 seconds in 200m, the second-fastest time in history.

The Jamaican sprinter successfully defended her Olympic titles from the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics in the two categories in Tokyo, which makes her stellar record as four golds in two successive Olympic Games.

However, her attempt at sharing her video of the races on her account with her 310,000 followers on the social media giant did not go as per plans.

"I was blocked on Instagram for posting the races of the Olympic (sic) because I did not own the right to do so. So see y'all in 2 days," the sprinter wrote on Twitter.

Thompson-Herahi will be competing in the 4x100 metre relay on Thursday and if she qualifies for the final then again on Friday. She had bagged the silver medal in Rio 2016. It should be noted that the International Olympic Committee will receive more than $4 billion in broadcasting rights for the period including the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the Tokyo Games.

Meanwhile, Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who became the first Indian to enter the finals of the long throws at the Summer Games, is India's only hope of a remote possibility of bagging a medal in athletics. He is world number 16 and topped the qualification chart in his first and only attempt.

The prime gold medal contender for this event is World number 1 Johannes Vetter of Germany who managed a distance of 85.64m in his third and final attempt.

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