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Jamaicans move into Athletes’ Village

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica’s athletes (from left) Annsert Whyte, Kali Davis-White, masseur Gavin James, Christine Day and Kaleise Spencer at the International Zone of the Athletes’ Village in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil yesterday.


Jamaica's track and field athletes joined the rest of the country's Rio 2016 Olympics team at the Athletes' Village in the Barra region of Rio de Janeiro yesterday afternoon.

The team, which includes global stars Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson, and Asafa Powell, left the team's training base at the Linx Hotel, some 33km to the north-east at 3 p.m. (1 p.m. Jamaica time).

They arrived at the Athletes' Village in vehicles provided by the Brazilian Navy at approximately 4 p.m.

Men's 400m hurdler Annsert Whyte, who spent his first few minutes in the Village walking through the International Zone along with other team members such as Christine Day, Kali Davis-White, and Kaliese Spencer, was pleased with what he saw.

"The place looks gorgeous. It's amazing, and I'm really happy to be here. Everything looks really great so far," said Whyte.

Chef de Mission of Jamaica's contingent here, Vishu Tolan, had also given high marks to the Village and advised that swimmers Alia Atkinson and Timothy Wynter, as well as gymnast Toni-Ann Williams, would already be in the Village by the time the track and field athletes arrived.

Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom is expected to already be making his way to Rio de Janeiro after spending the last few days in Florida, preparing for the Games in Florida.