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Jamaica created history tonight, with a clean sweep in the Women’s 100 Metres in Beijing, China. Shelly-Ann Fraser, won the gold medal in a personal best time of 10.78 seconds while fellow Jamaicans Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart, won silver medals after recoding identical times for second, 10.98 seconds.
Sports Minister, Olivia Grange, who was present at the Bird’s Nest, as the super trio rewrote the history book was beyond words as the results were confirmed.
“I always knew that our women would deliver something special, as they have done well at every major competition over the years. While I came in here thinking that the trifecta was possible, seeing it happen sent volts of shockwaves through my system. The results reaffirm in all our minds that Jamaica is truly a great nation and that we can achieve what we will. I implore all our young people in Jamaica to look at what Usain Bolt achieved last night and what Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart did tonight. Our youths should understand that there is a great future in athletics if they desire it. We can create a new generation of economically independent young people through track and field because our potential is clear for all to see.”
She had full praise for Fraser: “I wish to commend Shelly-Ann on winning Olympic gold. This is the highlight of her career. She was the youngest and least experienced among the field but she proved that ambition surpasses everything else. She ran so well through the rounds that you could tell she wanted this badly.
“I also congratulate Kerron and Sherone and as fate would have it, we don’t have a silver and bronze, but two silvers. These girls are truly amazing and they are fine ambassadors for their nation. ”
It was the first time in nearly 100 years that any country had completed a clean sweep in the 100 Metres at the Olympic Games.
Minister Grange said Jamaica was on track to complete what it had set out to achieve in Beijing. “We came here with the intention to take home every possible medal. At this point we are celebrating our best Olympic results ever. We now have four in the bag, with quite a few events to go so I know that before the week is over we will be doing a lot more celebrating.”
Earlier tonight, there was an over swell of emotion among Jamaican fans inside the Bird’s Nest, when the National Anthem was played, while the Jamaican flag was raised, as Usain Bolt received his gold medal for his logic-defying 9.69 seconds World Record run in yesterday’s Men’s 100 Metres final.
Minister Grange said preparatory work was currently being done to ensure that the athletes’ welcome home celebration is the greatest ever in Jamaican history.
“We don’t have all the details yet but rest assured that just as our athletes have made us proud, we will reciprocate. We are going to roll out the red carpet for our greatest and best.”