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Meet Richard Thompson



Born in Trinidad on June 7th, 1985, Richard "Torpedo" Thompson is a 100 metres Trinidad and Tobago sprinter.He ran for Louisiana State University as a member of the LSU Tigers track and field team and set the NCAA Indoor record in the 60 metres in 2008. In his first World Championships in Athletics in Osaka in 2007, Thompson reached the second round, placing eighth in a time of 10.44 seconds. His personal best time for the 100 metres is 9.89 seconds achieved in August 2008 in Beijing, China, where he won silver. This new personal best time made him the second fastest Trinidadian 100 m sprinter ever, after Ato Boldon. Thompson's personal best for the 200 metres is 20.18 seconds which he ran in Fayetteville for LSU. His 60 metres best is 6.51 seconds, achieved in March 2008 in Fayetteville. He won the relay gold medal at the 2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships with Trinidad and Tobago.He won the NCAA titles indoors and outdoors in 2008. Thompson has also won medals with the national relay team, taking silver medals at both the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, where he ran a national record time.In their qualification heat they placed first in front of Japan, the Netherlands and Brazil. Their time of 38.26 was the fastest of all sixteen teams participating in the first round, which enabled them to qualify for the final round. The team, equipped with new team-mate Emmanuel Callendar after Armstrong was replaced, copped the silver medal, clocking a time of 38.06 seconds behind the Jamaican team.Thompson was involved in a car accident on 1 January 2009, resulting in minor injuries which caused him to miss the indoor athletics season. He competed at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and reached the 100 m final, finishing in fifth place with a season's best of 9.93 seconds in fastest ever race at that point in time. He teamed up with fellow finalist Marc Burns for the relay and ran a national record time of 37.62 seconds to finish as runners-up behind the Jamaican team.He achieved a 100/200 m double at the 2010 national championships. His season was highlighted by a win on the 2010 IAAF Diamond League circuit, taking the 100 m at the Prefontaine Classic with a wind-assisted time of 9.89 seconds.On 13th August 2011, Thompson became the fastest man in Trinidad and Tobago when he ran 9.85seconds in the 100 metres during the Sagicor-NAAA National open track and field championships 2011, at the Hasely Crawford stadium, Port of Spain. The achievement, which ranked him 9th fastest in all-time lists, eclipses Ato Boldon's national record 9.86seconds which was set 4 times during late 1990s.