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Cynthia Thompson was a heroine of J'can sports, medicine -- Grange

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Dr Cynthia Thompson

Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has hailed late Olympian Dr Cynthia Thompson as a heroine of Jamaican sports and medicine.

Thompson, 96, died yesterday after a period of illness.

She was Jamaica’s oldest Olympian.

Thompson finished 6th in the 100m final at the 1948 Olympic Games.

She also served for many years as a paediatrician.

“Her passing represents the end of an era,” Grange said in a statement yesterday.  

“This heroine of Jamaican sport and medicine has completed a remarkable journey and our country is so much better for her service,” she added.

Grange says Thompson’s sixth place at the 1948 Games won her a “bigger prize.”

“That of inspiring countless Jamaican athletes who followed that they could do as much and more,” the sports minister said.

Grange noted that Dr Thompson also served her country in many ways over the course of a "remarkable, long and successful life."

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