September 30, 2021 | Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
“I am going for all, I am still looking better for greater achievement.”
So declared an obviously elated Elaine Thompson-Herah, the golden girl, as she arrived on her native soil having struck gold in the Olympics, in Japan. This is no mean achievement.
“I have not yet gotten a world title”
Declared Elaine Thompson-Herah as she responded to toasts on her arrival to Jamaica.
It was an elated Elaine Thompson-Herah who got an heroes’ welcome as she arrived in Jamaica from the Olympics having dominated the sprints by retaining her 100 and 200 meters crowns and joining with the quartet of Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce, getting a goal in the 4×100 relay. She got a total of three gold medals at the Olympics held in Japan 2021.
“You have made us proud all over the world ” .
So declared an elated Culture and Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange as she welcomed home Thompson-Herah at the Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica. She was accompanied by State Minister Orlando Terry Longue MP and a host of other dignitaries’.
Stephen Pryce, country manager, Flow Communications has underscored inter alia: “Thompson is a Brand Ambassador for the leading communications company.”
“I hope the Gov builds Thompson-Herah a statue in her honour.”
So uttered Stephen Pryce as he toasted world and great Olympic champion Mrs. Elaine Thompson-Herah.
Continuing Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said inter alia:
“It was our honour to give you a Red diplomatic passport. You will find it easier to travel internationally. You already travel on an official passport.”
Mrs. Elaine Thompson-Herah has also done very well on the Diamond League circuit where she struck gold and and won the coveted Diamond League cup and $30,000 US dollars.
Thompson Hero is on top of the world as the fastest woman in the world. Jamaicans are very proud of this native of the soil who hails from Red Ground District, Manchester, Central Jamaica W.I. To have produced Herb McKinley, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Merle Ottey, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to name a few of our sporting greats is indeed remarkable for a small island of our 4,411 square miles.
Jamaica has a lot to be proud of. As they often say “we little but we Tallawah.”
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a poet, elegist and international journalist who writes for Vision newspaper.