Merlene Ottey is set to receive Jamaica’s fourth highest honour on Heroes’ Day in October.
Ottey, who represented Jamaica from 1978 to 2000 before switching to Slovenia, is described as the “Bronze Queen.”
The winner of nine Olympic medals for Jamaica, among them six bronze, will get the Order of Jamaica (OJ).
She also won 14 World Championships medals, among them back-to-back 200m titles in Stuttgart 1993 and Gothenburg 1995.
Ottey is the 7th ranked 100m sprinter with 10.74, and 4th ranked for 200m with 21.64.
The 60-year-old is the current world indoor record holder for 200m at 21.87 seconds, set in 1993. She is fourth-ranked on the all-time 60m list.
Ottey was named Ambassador of Jamaica after her gold medal win in the 1993 world championships.
She has also been named Jamaican Sportswoman of the year 13 times between 1979 and 1995.
Ottey will join track and field legend Usain Bolt as track and field athletes with Order of Jamaica honour.
Deon Hemmings to get CD
Meanwhile, Deon Hemmings, the Jamaican woman to win the Olympic Games title, is also down to be honoured on the day.
Hemmings, who won the 400m hurdles at the Atlanta 1996 Games, will receive the Order of Distinction (Commander Class).
She also won two silver medals at the Olympic Games, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay in Sydney 2000.
Hemmings won two bronze and a silver at the World Championships level.
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