Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has commended five-time Olympic gold medallist, Elaine Thompson-Herah, on her outstanding success, noting that she and the other athletes have brought pride to the country.
“I know you will continue to stride. There are still greater heights you can reach, and I know you will. I am proud of all our athletes, and I am particularly proud of our women in sports,” she said.
The Minister was addressing a brief ceremony at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston on Wednesday evening (September 15) to welcome home Mrs. Thompson-Herah, following her recent impressive performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, where she won three gold medals.
Dubbed the “second fastest woman in the world”, she ran an Olympic record of 10.61 seconds to retain her 100-metre title, leading a trio of Jamaican women to the podium and lowering the 10.62 seconds mark set by world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner in Seoul, 1988.
She also won the 200 metres in an impressive 21.53 seconds, the second fastest time ever recorded, with the third gold medal coming in the 4×100-metre relay.
Mrs. Thompson-Herah’s impressive performances continued on the Diamond League circuit where she ran an all-time best of 10.54 seconds in the 100 metres in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States (US) on August 21, to inch closer to the world record mark of 10.49 seconds.
She brought her incredible season to a close at the Diamond League final in Zurich on September 9, winning the 100 metres in a dominant 10.65 seconds, and claiming the Diamond League title in the event.
State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, who was also at the airport to greet Mrs. Thompson Herah, said her “stunning” accomplishments are not only being hailed by Jamaica but the entire track and field world.
“It is such a proud moment to welcome our athletes home, and what makes tonight that much more special is that we are seeing the era of Elaine Thompson-Herah,” he said.
Mrs. Thompson-Herah, in her remarks, said that she was able to overcome several injuries and condition her body to improve her performance times.
“I know I worked hard even though I had challenges and injuries for over five years now, but nevertheless, it never stops me. I accept all my losses and I move on. I have made peace with all those losses, and I think that helps me to be the person I am sitting here today. I did not stop. I continued to work hard,” she said.
The Government will be celebrating Jamaica’s athletes to the Tokyo Olympic Games at a date to be announced.
WRITTEN BY: ROCHELLE WILLIAMS
SOURCE: JIS news