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Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson

Rising out of Banana Ground in Manchester, Thompson reigns as the queen of the track, defeating her competitors and etching her name in history. The unparalleled performances she continuously delivers to spectators are only minor reflections of the greatn

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Elaine Thompson

There are many ways you can describe a woman - beautiful, gorgeous, chic, are just some that easily come to mind. But, when it comes to phenomenal women, the terms must match their status. For the stellar Elaine Thompson, one must call her a beautiful and talented track doyenne. She is one of the best sprinting sensations on the island, and unquestionably a distinguished woman in all facets.

Rising out of Banana Ground in Manchester, Thompson reigns as the queen of the track, defeating her competitors and etching her name in history. The unparalleled performances she continuously delivers to spectators are only minor reflections of the greatness that lies within her.

MISJUDGED

Yet, behind her powerful demeanour is a charming young woman who fears she is misjudged by onlookers.

"I feel that I am different than people may perceive me. I am still growing and developing," the sprint queen told Flair.

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Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson is known worldwide for her achievements in the pool. She is the first black woman and Jamaican to earn a world swimming title.

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Alia Atkinson

In a sport predominantly considered minor compared to football and track-and-field in Jamaica, swimming has finally been given the recognition it deserves with Alia Atkinson becoming the first black woman and Jamaican to earn a world title.

In December 2014, Atkinson, clocked a tremendous 1.02.36 - the Texas A&M alumna tied Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte's World Record in the 100 breaststroke at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar. In doing so, Atkinson promoted the sport in Jamaica, across the Caribbean, and in other countries. It was Jamaica's first gold medal for swimming in the World Championships.

"Representing my country is the most important thing for me at this moment. Not only does it help bring about change, but hopefully we can see many more swimmers coming out of Jamaica in the future. I wish to help bring out a smoother transition for the future generation," Atkinson said.

Atkinson, who competed in her first Olympics at just 16 years old, competed in her fourth Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She took eighth-place in the 100-metre breaststroke final and finished with a time of 1.08.10.

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