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SAINT LUCIA, DOMINICA AND BAHAMAS CELEBRATE AT WORLD INDOOR GLASGOW 2024

Three women representing the Caribbean Region in the World Athletics Indoor Championships had outstanding performances. They are Julien Alfred (Saint Lucia), Thea LaFond (Dominica) and Devynne Charlton (Bahamas) who took the gold medal in 60 meters, triple jump and 60 meters hurdles, respectively.

The Caribbean has always been the protagonist of major athletics events throughout history. The World Athletics Indoor Championship in Glasgow 2024 was no exception. However, what was most striking were the outstanding performances of 3 women. Two who for the first time won a gold medal for their countries in an event of this kind and a third, who broke her own world record.

The first one to celebrate was Julien Alfred. The Caribbean sprinter, who arrived in the competition as a favorite due to her excellent performances in 2023 and her start of the season, did not disappoint. In the 60-meter dash, she achieved a spectacular mark of 6.98, consolidating herself as the absolute leader of the distance and winning a gold medal for Saint Lucia for the first time in history.

After the applause for Julien, the audience’s attention turned to the triple jump competition. With the absence of Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, who is focusing her energy on her preparation to compete for a second Olympic gold in Paris, the competition was open to any of her closest rivals.

And it was then that Thea Lafond made history, jumping 15.01 meters and winning a historic medal for her country Dominica, at the World Athletics Indoor Championship.

A historic achievement for her country and for Thea, who already dreams of continuing with victories and winning a medal in Paris 2024.

The third Caribbean athlete to shine in Glasgow was Devynne Charlton from the Bahamas, who in a perfect race took first place in the 60 meters hurdles with 7.65 seconds, managing to beat her own world record (7.67) that she had achieved 3 weeks ago at the Millrose Games.

The outstanding performances of Julien Alfred, Thea LaFond and Devynne Charlton at the World Athletics Indoor Championships is the result of exceptional talent and great work to achieve the objectives they have set for themselves, inspiring all of the Americas and especially the Caribbean, a region that has demonstrated at large its desire to move forward, to succeed and to permanently place itself in the history of athletics worldwide.

After Glasgow, Alfred, LaFond and Charlton will concentrate on their great challenge of this season: winning a medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The task will not be easy at all, but in these first months of the year they have demonstrated that they are more than ready to achieve great things at the Olympics in France next August.