‘We are a global superpower in athletics’ – PM Holness on historic 100m sweep by female Jamaican athletes

From left, Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce copped silver, Elaine Thompson-Herah won gold and Shericka Jackson won bronze in the 100 m sprint at the Tokyo Olympics 31 July 2021

“Our Jamaican athletes have once again shown the world that we are a global superpower in athletics,” Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Andrew Holness said on Saturday.

He made the comment as he congratulated female Jamaican athletes Elaine Thompson Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, who swept the 100-metre sprint at the Tokyo Olympics. In winning gold, Thompson Herah defended her Olympic title and erased a 33 year old Olympic record.

Chair of the Caribbean Community, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, extended congratulations to the athletes. He said they were the “absolute best sprinters” in the world and that they had made the Caribbean people proud.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque also congratulated the trio.

“CARICOM salutes your historic performance. You’ve done our region proud,” he said.

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