Gabby Thomas, a Harvard University alumna, is the epitome of Black girl magic after winning the bronze medal and competing against the fastest woman on earth in the women’s 200-meter final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 24-year-old sprinter ran the 200-meter dash in 21.87 seconds, trailing behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah who won gold with a time of 21.53 seconds. Namibia’s Christine Mboma took home the silver medal and finished the race in 21.81 seconds, NBC 5 reported.
“It means a lot, because I really worked for that one. I fought tooth and nail for those last 30 meters. I did my best. I gave my best effort,” Thomas said after finishing the event, The Washington Post reported.
Prior to securing the bronze medal, Thomas graduated from Harvard with a degree in neurobiology and is currently working towards her master’s degree in public health with a concentration on epidemiology at the University of Texas.