|Born||December 7, 1996|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Home town||Florence, Massachusetts, U.S.|
University of Texas at Austin
Williston Northampton School
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Achievements and titles|
Gabrielle Thomas (born December 7, 1996) is an American track-and-field athlete. She is the third-fastest woman of all time in the 200 metres with her result of 21.61 seconds, which was set at the 2020 US Olympic trials. She won an individual bronze medal and a team silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Thomas was born December 7, 1996, in Atlanta, Georgia to American mother Jennifer Randall and Jamaican father Desmond Thomas. She has a twin brother named Andrew. Thomas is African-American on her mother's side and Jamaican on her father's side. In 2007, Randall moved the family to Massachusetts to teach at the University of Massachusetts after completing her PhD at Emory University. While the family settled in Florence, Massachusetts, Thomas initially played softball and soccer, then joined the track and field team at the Williston Northampton School. Thomas was inspired to run by Allyson Felix, stating that her first memory of a track race was watching Felix while at her grandmother's house. In high school, Thomas ran all 4 years for Williston Northampton School, where she set multiple school records, was MVP every year, and was coached by Michelle Lawson.
A graduate of Harvard University, she studied neurobiology and global health as an undergraduate. While at Harvard, Thomas won 22 conference titles across her three years of athletics in six different events, setting the school and Ivy League records in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and the indoor 60 meters. She signed a contract with New Balance and turned pro in October 2018, forgoing her last year of collegiate eligibility.
After Harvard, she moved to Austin, Texas to be coached by Tonja Buford-Bailey. In May 2020, Thomas was provisionally suspended for three whereabouts failures, sanctioned with a two-year period of ineligibility. She submitted new evidence in June to invalidate one failure, and was finally cleared in July.
Thomas experienced a health scare in 2021 when an MRI revealed a tumor on her liver, but it turned out to be benign. She is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin in epidemiology.
Thomas represented the United States in the 200 meter race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Her time of 21.61 seconds in the event at the United States Olympic trials on June 26, 2021 was the third-fastest ever, surpassed only by Elaine Thompson-Herah & world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner. The time even surprised Thomas herself; after the race, she said "It definitely changed how I view myself as a runner. I am still in shock ... my dream was to make the Olympic team ... Now that I've accomplished [that], I'm going to set higher goals."
On August 3, 2021, at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Thomas won a bronze medal, running in the 200 m finals with a time of 21.87, behind Elaine Thompson Herah (gold) and Christine Mboma (silver). Three days later, on August 6, 2021, the U.S. team having qualified for the finals of the 4 x 100 metres relay, Thomas ran anchor, and the team came in 2nd place behind the Jamaican team, securing her the silver medal along with teammates Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, and Jenna Prandini.
|2021||Olympic Trials||Eugene, Oregon||100 m||4th||11.15||-1.0|
|2021||Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||2nd||4 x 100 m relay||41.45||SB|