NACAC ‘shocked’ ANOC selected Canadian swimmer MacNeil over Thompson-Herah as ‘Best Female Athlete’ in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

NACAC ‘shocked’ ANOC selected Canadian swimmer MacNeil over Thompson-Herah as ‘Best Female Athlete’ in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) has expressed shock at the decision of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) chose Canadian swimmer Maggie MacNeil as the ‘Best Female Athlete of Tokyo 2020’ ahead of Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah.

The 29-year-old Thompson-Herah became the first female sprinter in history to claim the Olympic sprint double twice after emphatic victories in the 100 and 200m metres.  In Tokyo, Thompson’s winning time of 10.61 was the second-fastest ever recorded over the event and eclipsed the 33-year-old Olympic record held by the United States’ Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Thompson-Herah dominant 21.53 win in the 200m, not only decimated the rest of a quality field but was also the second-fastest time in history, bettered by only Griffith Joyner’s world record of 21.34, set in 1988.  Thompson-Herah went on to add a third gold medal with the Jamaica team in the women’s 4x100m relays.

McNeil won a gold medal in the 100m butterfly, a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay, and a bronze medal in the 4x100m medley relay.

Given the vast difference in accomplishments, NACAC Secretary Keith Vincent said his association was shocked that the Canadian swimmer was given the nod over the Jamaican sprinter.

Thompson-Herah is among the favourites for the World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year award.

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