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Thomas Sets New Personal Best in 200m, Placing 2nd at Diamond League Meet in London

Thomas Sets New Personal Best in 200m, Placing 2nd at Diamond League Meet in London

Senior sprinter Gabby Thomas ran a personal best time in the 200 meters (22.19) in London.

Gabby Thomas placed second in the 200 meters in the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meet in London on Sunday afternoon, running a personal best time (22.19) in her signature event.

"That was a fast race, it was really exciting," Thomas said. "It was obviously a really stacked heat, which is something I am not really used to, so it was a good experience. I am pretty happy with how it went."

It has been a busy summer for Thomas, who competed in the Gala Dei Castelli meet in Bellinzona, Switzerland last week, placing fourth in the "A" heat of the 100m with an impressive 11.24 time. Two weeks ago, Thomas won the 200 meters at the IAAF Diamond League Athletissima meet, held at the Stade de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"Today was a great effort from Gabrielle and she beat some of the best in the world," said Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "She's had a fantastic year!"

The USTFCCCA Northeast Women's Track Athlete of the Year, Thomas ran wind-legal, school record times of 11.19 and 22.32 this spring, along with wind-aided times of 10.99 and 22.13. A USTFCCCA First Team All-American in the 200 meters, Thomas placed second at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in her signature event, her best career finish at the national meet.

A native of Florence, Mass., Thomas became the first Ivy League women's sprinter to win an indoor national championship in the 200 meters, setting a new collegiate record with her 22.38 mark in the final event heat of the NCAA Division Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M.

"It was an incredibly talented field so it was about who was prepared mentally enough for the finish," Thomas said. "It has been an amazing experience and I am so grateful. All the professionals have been so helpful. I am so thankful for this experience."

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