Elaine Thompson-Herah won her first Commonwealth Games title, clocking 10.95 (+0.4) to beat Julien Alfred 11.01 and Daryll Neita 11.07
Elaine Thompson-Herah

As the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix approaches this Sunday [April 28], the Jamaican community in Bermuda is abuzz with anticipation, eagerly awaiting the chance to support Elaine Thompson-Herah, heralded as the fastest woman alive.

Thompson-Herah, a star sprinter who achieved the rare feat of winning the sprint double at consecutive Olympic Games — first in Rio in 2016 and then in Tokyo in 2021 — will be competing at the Flora Duffy Stadium.

Elaine Thompson-Herah to Ignite Bermudian Excitement at Upcoming USATF Grand Prix

The 31-year-old athlete also clinched gold in the 4×100 relay in Tokyo, joining the elite ranks of Usain Bolt and Florence Griffith-Joyner as one of the few to complete an Olympic triple clean sweep of sprint medals.

Yackeisha Weir, president of the Jamaican Association of Bermuda (JAB), shared her excitement with Bernews, noting that over a hundred local Jamaicans are expected to turn out in full force to cheer on Thompson-Herah. “The anticipation is high this year, especially as we have the fastest woman alive competing,” Ms. Weir told Bernews. “With the Olympic Games taking place this summer, Bermuda has a chance to see a preview of Paris. It’s an honour to have Elaine on the island,” she added, as reported by Bernews.

Ms. Weir also highlighted the positive impact Thompson-Herah could have on Bermuda’s youth, stating to Bernews, “Hopefully, she can help motivate aspiring young athletes in Bermuda because she’s an absolute role model.”

Following the event, members of the JAB plan to meet with Thompson-Herah and other visiting athletes at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa in Castle Harbour. “About 15 Jamaican athletes competed last year, so, hopefully, there will be a similar amount this year,” Ms. Weir mentioned to Bernews.

The excitement surrounding Thompson-Herah’s participation underscores the deep connection and pride the Jamaican diaspora holds for their athletes, particularly when they compete on such an international stage, as noted by Bernews.

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