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'The party has started' Rio 1-3 sparks wild celebrations

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
There was a stunned silence initially as persons gathered in downtown Kingston to watch the final of the women's 100m from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil realised that Jamaica's darling Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had failed in her bid to capture a third successive Olympic title. But the initial shock turned to joy as they accepted that Shelly-Ann had been beaten by another Jamaican Elaine Thompson and had still made it to the podium with a third-place finish.   Persons roiled in excitement as the two stars paraded with the Jamaica flag after the race. 
DPP Paula Lllewellyn


Olivia Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport

"Elaine Thompson is an amazing athlete with a great future. I am very happy for her victory and glad that the Olympic women's champion for the 100 metres remains a Jamaican.

"Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce held that championship title over the last two Olympics. Tonight, the baton passed to her friend, training partner and compatriot, which means that the title remains in Jamaica. Shelly-Ann has been a great champion and we will always celebrate her achievement.

Joshua Polacheck, counsellor for public affairs at the US Embassy in Kingston

For one, I'm a huge fan of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and I think we saw history being made and also the baton being passed. I think we were pretty accurate in our predictions on Twitter when we said it would be an all-Jamaica-US podium.

Paula Llewellyn,

director of public prosecutions

Of course, I was at the edge of my seat. My hands were clammy as I was watching it, and when I saw the result, I thought to myself, I'm proud to be a Jamaican. I am proud of all three young ladies and I was especially taken by the graciousness of Shelly-Ann (Fraser-Pryce) as she hugged Elaine.

Gary Peart, CEO Mayberry Investments

"Congratulations to Elaine Thompson on winning her first Olympic gold medal. It was fantastic to see three Jamaican women in the final. We wish Shelly-Ann a speedy recovery. Kudos to Stephen Francis and the coaching team ... and the other stakeholders. Jamaica's 4x100 women's relay team is poised to be exceptional. I can hardly wait."