Commonwealth games bronze medalist, Thea Lafond, has qualified as Dominica’s athlete for the 2020 Summer Olympic games to be held in japan.
Lafond booked her spot over the weekend, jumping 14.33 meters, surpassing the Olympic qualifying mark which is 14.32 meters.
She has expressed that she is very ecstatic following the game over the weekend.
Lafond feels that this accomplishment serves as a boost for her performance in future.
“It’s my first time jumping in 2020 in general and on my very first jump I qualified for 2020 Olympics. It’s a feeling of utter thanks,” she shared.
“I came off very rocky this season; I got injured and…started rehab almost immediately after my injury literally a few hours later,” Lafond revealed.
She effused, “Just to be back at a place where I can perform at this level, this is just the beginning, this is truly a blessing and I’m very excited and now that this goal of qualifying has been accomplished, I can just focus on jumping even further.”
President of the Dominica Olympic Committee, Billy Doctrove says this win is also his dream.
“I’m very happy because she has been working very hard on her fitness and technique,’ he says. “She told me a few weeks ago that she had been given the all-clear by her doctor. I’m very happy for her and I hope this can act as a catalyst for other Dominican athletes training out there.
He says the committee has committed to supporting her continued athletic improvement.
He went on to encourage other athletes to strive for Lafond’s position.