By: Tadi Abedje
As a result of her performance, Thomas became the second-fastest woman of all time behind the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, according to USA Today.
“I dunno. I’m speechless. I’ve been working really hard and it’s such an honor and I’m still trying to gather my thoughts. I can’t believe it right now,” she said in an interview to NBC Sports.
21.61 seconds- best to ever do it behind FloJo.
AND IM AN OLYMPIAN!!!!!!
So so so grateful to everybody-especially my coach.
Sending love to everyone who has supported me up to this point and to my new supporters. ❤️?? We’re just getting started. pic.twitter.com/mg4Q3GXoK8
— Gabby Thomas (@ItsGabrielleT) June 27, 2021
The ex-NCAA indoor champion had an unexpected health scare earlier this year when she thought she had a hamstring injury. It turned out that an MRI revealed that she had a small tumor in her liver, which won’t require surgery.
“Fortunately, they found out it was benign just a couple of days before I left. I remember telling God that if I am healthy, I am winning trials,” Thomas said in a press conference with FloTrack.
She’s looking forward to the Olympics with the expectation of winning a gold medal. Thomas isn’t foreign to success as she was the 2018 NCAA 200-meter indoor champion as a member of the Harvard track and field team.
She graduated from Harvard in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in neurobiology and moved to Austin, Texas to train with Tonja Buford-Bailey, a former athlete who competed in the 400-meter hurdles. Thomas is working on her masters degree in epidemiology at the University of Texas.
Speaking of the 400-meters, her Olympic teammate, Allyson Felix qualified for the 400-meter event. Thomas is elated to be going to the Olympics with her idol, according to the Journal Review.
“Her humility and grace and how good she is at what she does, she’s the one that has been inspiring. To be on the team with her makes me want to cry.”