ELAINE Thompson-Herah, the fastest woman alive, said she will use the inspiration of being conferred with the Order of Distinction to help motivate women and young girls to strive without limits.
Thompson-Herah, who rebounded from five years of disappointment, to become the first woman to win both 100m and 200m titles in consecutive Olympic Games at the Tokyo Games in August, was among several sports personalities to receive national honours at the Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards yesterday.
Thompson-Herah, who ran 10.54 on Usain Bolt’s birthday, August 21, 2021, to become the fastest woman alive and the second-fastest of all-time at the Diamond League’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, said the recognition has motivated her to inspire others.
“I have been inspired and motivated by powerful women around the world, powerful women from my island-home Jamaica,” she said on Instagram.
“I feel so honoured and overjoyed to be given this Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by my nation. I now use this classification to help motivate and uplift women and young girls to strive without limits.”
The five-time Olympic gold medallist was among three Jamaican sprint queens to be conferred with ODs in the Commander Class.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the 100m silver medallist in Tokyo, and Jackie Pusey, who at 16, represented Jamaica at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada were also awarded.
Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams received the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) for his contribution to the sport of cricket.
The late Jamaican striker, Luton Shelton, Jamaica’s leading male scorer, was posthumously awarded the OD (Officer Class) for his contribution to football. Shelton died in January 2021 from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
He played for Jamaica on 75 occasions scoring 35 goals.
Meanwhile, Dr Praimanand Mongal Beharry Singh received the Order of Distinction for outstanding dedication and service to the field of sports. (Sportsmax)