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  • Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has commended Jamaica’s sportsmen and sportswomen for their dedication and outstanding representation at the recently concluded 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
  • She noted that all Jamaica’s athletes who competed in the World Championships distinguished themselves and contributed valiantly to the country’s illustrious performance, winning 12 medals with an all-time high of seven gold, two silver and three bronze.
  • The Prime Minister added that their stellar achievements represent a clear reminder of the outcome and benefit of hard work, discipline, dedication, ambition, faith and a focus.

Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has commended Jamaica’s sportsmen and sportswomen for their dedication and outstanding representation at the recently concluded 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

“The country’s athletes across various sporting disciplines continue to give of their best. They embody the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the nation and represent the very best of our culture and talents,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, September 1.

She noted that all Jamaica’s athletes who competed in the World Championships distinguished themselves and contributed valiantly to the country’s illustrious performance, winning 12 medals with an all-time high of seven gold, two silver and three bronze.

Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce retained her title in the 100 metres, while Usain Bolt did likewise in the 100 metres and 200 metres.  Danielle Williams also won gold in the women 100 metres hurdles.

The Prime Minister  added that their stellar achievements represent a clear reminder of the outcome and benefit of hard work, discipline, dedication, ambition, faith and a focus.

Mrs. Simpson Miller also highlighted the outstanding performance of the country’s relay teams, particularly the women 4×400 metres.

“No praise is too great for the women 4×400 metres gold medal-winning relay team, the members of which showed exceptional strength and determination.  I am also particularly proud of our dependable men 4×400 team who gave their all as once again, they did their national duty of representing Jamaica proudly and with total commitment,” she said.

The Prime Minister  noted that the relays require great discipline, hard work, consistency and teamwork and “our athletes have repeatedly delivered to prove once again, our athletic supremacy in the world.”

Mrs. Simpson Miller also praised other athletes, such as Elaine Thompson, who took silver in the 200 metres; Hansle Parchment for winning silver in the 110 metres hurdles; Veronica Campbell-Brown, winner of the bronze medal in the women’s 200 metres; Shericka Jackson, who earned bronze in the women’s 400 metres at her first World Champs outing; and O’Dayne Richards, who won Jamaica’s first Shot Put medal at a World Championships, earning the bronze medal with a national record.

“I commend all the athletes who worked so hard and made the finals of their events and those who didn’t, but represented their country with grace, dignity and pride. I give God thanks that Jamaica continues to be blessed with the greatest athletics tradition in the world supported by our supremely talented world class athletes, great coaches and other support staff, committed and competent sporting administrators and a supportive public,” the Prime Minister said.