NASHVILLE — Former Tigerbelle and Jamaican Olympic champion Dr. Cynthia Thompson passed away in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday.
Thompson was 96 years old.
Thompson was one of four women on the first Jamaican Olympic team in 1948. The deft runner and long jumper qualified for the 100m finals and 200m semi-finals, making her Jamaica’s first female finalist in an Olympic event.
She set an Olympic record in the 200m heats, which was broken by the eventual gold medal winner Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands.
After the 1952 Olympics, Thompson was then a part of the then small Tennessee State Track and Field team coached by the late Ed Temple. A few of Thompson’s teammates at the time were Wilma Rudolph and Mae Faggs.
Thompson is a member of the Tennessee State Sports Hall of Fame.