Female sprint immortal, Elaine Sandra-Lee Thompson-Herah OD has been granted a diplomatic passport by the Jamaican Government due to her exceptional standard-bearing for Jamaica on the international stage.
“I am pleased to announce that the Government of Jamaica has approved the issuance of a diplomatic passport to Mrs. Elaine Thompson-Herah. This morning, I officially presented the documents to Elaine during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister,” said Andrew Holness in a Facebook post yesterday.
The Prime Minister went on to further explain why the Government chose to award Thompson-Herah with the honour.
“Elaine has displayed the best of Jamaica with extraordinary talent, confidence, and passion. We are very proud of her achievements and encourage her to continue breaking records and expanding brand Jamaica,” said Holness.
Having announced herself to the world at the 2016 Rio Olympics, capturing gold in both the 100 and 200m in Rio, the Manchester Parish born sprinter wrote her name in gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games where she won gold in the 100 [10.61 seconds], 200 [21.53 seconds], and 4x100m.
In her first post-Olympic race, she lowered her 100m personal best to 10.54 seconds, and then ran times of 10.64 seconds and 10.65 seconds, making her the only woman to run four legal times under 10.70 seconds.
Thompson-Herah holds four of the top 10 times ever run in the history of the 100 metres.