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Obadele Thompson

Obadele Thompson (born March 30, 1976) is an athlete from Barbados. In 2000, he became the first Olympic medalist for his small island nation.

Born in Saint Michael[?], Thompson was educated in marketing and economics at the University of Texas, United States. A Junior World Record holder in 1994, he came close to winning an Olympic medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, when he finished 4th in the 200 m final, which was won by Michael Johnson[?] in a new World Record time.

Although with the top sprinters in the late 1990s, Thompson just failed to win any medals in major championships, finishing fourth in both the 100 m and 200 m at the 1999 World Championships. He finally managed to win a medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, finishing third behind Maurice Greene to become a national hero in Barbados. Thompson missed out on a second medal by again ending up in fourth place in the 200 m race.

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