JAMAICA HONORS OLYMPIANS – Caribbean Life
Jamaican Olympians Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson were presented with national honors at Jamaica’s annual National Honors and Awards held on the lawn of the Kings House in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, on Monday, Jamaica’s National Heroes Day became.
According to Sportmaxtv, Fraser-Pryce, 35, has been awarded the Order of Jamaica, Commander Class for Outstanding Performance in the Field of Athletics at the international level.
“The woman known internationally as Pocket Rocket for her incredible speed, which has been showcased for more than a decade, won her fifth 100-meter world title in Eugene, Oregon in July, becoming the first female runner to win the accomplished this feat,” Sportsmaxtv said.
“It was also her second 100m world title since giving birth to her son Zyon in 2017,” she added.
Sportmaxtv said Fraser-Pryce set another global benchmark during the season that just ended when she became the first woman in the sport’s history to run faster than 10.7 seconds – seven times in one season.
“She has now run under 10.7 seconds nine times, which is more than any other woman has run,” she added of Fraser-Pryce, who has also won three Olympic gold medals and ten World Championship gold medals in her illustrious career.
According to Sportsmaxtv, Jackson, 28, was awarded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class for exceptional achievement in the sport of track and field at the national, world championship and Olympic levels.
“The former Vere Technical star won her first world title in Eugene, Oregon in July when she ran 21:45 to win the 200-meter gold medal,” Sportsmaxtv said. “Times makes her the second fastest woman in history and is a national record, breaking the previous mark of 21.53 set by Elaine Thompson-Herah at the Tokyo Olympics.”
Jackson has also won bronze medals in the 400m at World Championships and the Olympics and is the highest-ranked active combined sprinter in history with personal bests of 10.71 in the 100m, 21.45 in the 400m and 49.49 in the 400m, Sportsmaxtv said. Adding that only two women in history were better.
According to Sportsmaxtv, Dr. Warren Blake, former President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), also national awards. He was awarded the Order of Distinction (CD) for services to medicine and as a team doctor in the national sport.
Other honors were given to Claude Bryan, a sports agent, with the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the sport of track and field; and Michael Clarke, a veteran coach who was awarded the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the sport in athletics, told Sportsmaxtv.