PM praises athletes
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has described as phenomenal the performances of Jamaica's athletes on days six and seven of the IAAF World Athletics Championships now under way in Bejing, China, where the country reached third in the medal rankings with nine medals - four gold, two silver, and three bronze.
In a statement yesterday, the prime minister said that once again Jamaica's athletes have cemented theirs and Jamaica's place of excellence and glory in the annals of world sport history.
She congratulated world sprint legend Usain Bolt on his second gold medal of the championships with his first-place finish in the 200 metres event on day six; and Shericka Williams, who took bronze in the 400 metres race. The prime minister also commended Nickel Ashmeade for making it to the 200 metres final, and said the Jamaican trio of Christine Day, Stephenie Ann McPherson, and Novlene Williams-Mills who were sensational in their fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishes, respectively, in the 400 metres.
"Once again, Usain has proven his standing as an all-time great who has established a class for himself in the pantheon of world sporting greats. No accolade is too great for this great Jamaican son. He is truly Jamaica's living legend," Simpson Miller said. She noted, too, that: "Shericka's third-place run was significant and special as this was her first appearance at the World Championships."
Simpson Miller congratulated Danielle Williams, who won Gold in the women's 100 metres hurdles; Elaine Thompson, who took silver in the 200 metres; Hansle Parchment for winning silver in the 110 metres hurdles; and the veteran, Veronica Campbell-Brown, winner of the bronze medal in the women's 200 metres. "I salute Danielle Williams, Elaine Thompson, Hansle Parchment and Veronica Campbell-Brown, the medal winners, and applaud Natasha Morrison, Sherone Simpson, Shermaine Williams, and Omar McLeod, who all did their best to reach their respective finals and give of their best," the prime minister said.