Jamaica did well in Doha, and Babsy is proud

Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has praised the Jamaican team for “a job well done” at the World Champs that ended in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday.

“I think it was a very good showing by Jamaica, and we must congratulate and encourage all members of the team who represented our country with such heart, determination, courage and dignity,” said Grange.

“I’m very proud of our performances.”

— Grange

The Jamaicans finished third on the medals table with three gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

Jamaica won three medals on the final day of the World Championships when the men’s 4×400 relay team of Akeem Bloomfield, Nathon Allen, Terry Thomas, and Demish Gaye took silver behind the United States team.

The team of Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, Stephenie Ann McPherson, and Shericka Jackson took the bronze in the women’s 4X400 won by the United States with Poland second.

Jamaica's 4X100m women's team that copped a gold medal at the World Champs.
Jamaica’s 4X100m women’s team that copped a gold medal at the World Champs.

And Danielle Williams took the bronze in the 100m hurdles with Janeek Brown placing seventh.

“Jamaica’s athletes won 12 medals across disciplines on the track and in the field, and I’m very proud of our performances. There were disappointments and setbacks, but we also witnessed awesome achievements on which we will continue to build. I congratulate each member of the team, including the coaching and support staff, for a job well done,” Grange said.

The minister also used her visit to Doha to advance discussions with the leadership of the IAAF regarding the possibility of Jamaica hosting a major athletic event in 2023.