With historic achievements including double consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100m and 200m, sprinting sensation Elaine Thompson-Herah is being lauded by the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) for her commitment to the Commonwealth Games and double gold milestone in her stellar events at the Games.
"When an individual places country over and above self, when an athlete demonstrates that not being at your best should not preclude you from serving the national interest and when a gold medallist demonstrates to colleagues that personal accomplishments in international championships are important in building the sporting capital of a country, the JOA applauds," JOA President Christopher Samuda elucidated.
The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games was that moment in Jamaica's sporting history when Elaine Thompson-Herah stepped onto the track, not at her customary best, but was able to produce an authoritative 100m dash to cruise to her first-ever individual gold at the Games and then added gloss to her stunning performances with a championship record in the 200m.
"This is the character that the JOA encourages. This is the sprinting mettle that the JOA instills. This is the courage which the JOA celebrates," a beaming JOA Secretary General/CEO Ryan Foster said.
"The next stop for the Commonwealth Games will be in Victoria, Canada, and the JOA is already in the planning mode. But before that sojourn, the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and the management team is in place and working," Foster continued.
The next Olympic Games are just two years away and Samuda is already dreaming of even further glory in Paris for the reigning champion.
"The Olympic Games is the pinnacle and that is the coveted place and time where and when athletes aspire to write their names in history and create legacies. A triple gold accomplishment in the 100m and 200m for Elaine will be unparalleled and iconic" the JOA boss said.
After winning two individual gold medals, an admittedly exhausted Thompson-Herah found that little extra to haul Jamaica to a podium finish in the 4x100m, despite receiving the baton way behind the field, to sign off her Birmingham appearance with grace and style and a total of three medals to add to her glittering trophy cabinet.