One of the biggest upsets of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games happened in the men’s 110m hurdles final where Hansle Parchment ran an astonishing 13.04 seconds to win gold ahead of people’s favourite – Grant Holloway [13.09].

But little did we know that it took the benevolence of a female volunteer known as Tiana to help the St. Thomas born Jamaican sprinter [Parchment] to accomplish his long lasting gold medal dream.

Parchment would have missed the final having accidentally boarded a bus to the aquatic venue instead of the track and field stadium. When realized he was on the wrong bus, the Jamaican sprinter tried to get assistance from the official cars at the Olympic event to take him to the track and field stadium but unfortunately for him, they were all booked.

Having realized that he had become an Alice in wonderland, the stranded Parchment decided to approach the volunteer to ask for help which he fortunately got Tiana.

Hansle Parchment finishes ahead of Grant Halloway

Ordinarily, the roles of volunteers at Games do not include financial assistance so Hansle Parchment was very lucky to have gotten financial help from Tiana to take taxi to the track and field stadium in Tokyo to help him compete in the 110m hurdles final.

Below is how Parchment described the incident:

“I saw this volunteer and I had to beg, ‘cause of course she is not allowed to do much, and she actually gave me some money to take one of the taxis. And that’s how I was able to get to the warm-up in time, and had enough time to compete.”

Parchment later dedicated a three-minute and 27-second video to Tiana, saluting her for her kindness.

After viewing the video, the tourism minister – Edmund Bartlett said he was moved to invite the lady to Jamaica, where she will be hosted by his ministry team for her selflessness;

“No matter where in the world she is, we want to reciprocate the kindness shown to one of our own,” he said.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson