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Juliet Cuthbert Flynn sprints into Parliament

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser
Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn (centre) celebrates with her husband, Levaughn Flynn, and supporters at the Jamaica Labour Party's Belmont Road, New Kingston, headquarters last night.

HAVING EXCELLED in her career as a sprinter, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn will now try to translate her prowess on the track to strong advocacy for the constituents of St Andrew West Rural.

She is the first Olympian to sit in Parliament. Cuthbert represented Jamaica in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics, where she won silver in both the 100 and 200 metres.

She earned a bronze four years later in Atlanta as a member of the 4x100 team. Cuthbert Flynn was selected as the candidate to replace two-time Member of Parliament Andrew Gallimore after he lost to incumbent Paul Buchanan in the 2011 general election.

Cuthbert Flynn entered the race with the aim of overhauling the 237-vote win by Buchanan almost five years ago.

She had expressed her intention to secure victory at the polls with a clear 1,000 votes.

She managed to secure 9,742 votes. Cuthbert Flynn ran a fierce on-the-ground campaign and promised residents to address issues of water supply, road works, and educational opportunities.