Merlene Ottey is set to receive Jamaica’s fourth highest honour on Heroes’ Day in October.

Ottey, who represented Jamaica from 1978 to 2000 before switching to Slovenia, is described as the “Bronze Queen.”

The winner of nine Olympic medals for Jamaica, among them six bronze, will get the Order of Jamaica (OJ).
She also won 14 World Championships medals, among them back-to-back 200m titles in Stuttgart 1993 and Gothenburg 1995.

Ottey is the 7th ranked 100m sprinter with 10.74, and 4th ranked for 200m with 21.64.
The 60-year-old is the current world indoor record holder for 200m at 21.87 seconds, set in 1993. She is fourth-ranked on the all-time 60m list.

Ottey was named Ambassador of Jamaica after her gold medal win in the 1993 world championships.

She has also been named Jamaican Sportswoman of the year 13 times between 1979 and 1995.

Ottey will join track and field legend Usain Bolt as track and field athletes with Order of Jamaica honour.

Deon Hemmings to get CD

Meanwhile, Deon Hemmings, the Jamaican woman to win the Olympic Games title, is also down to be honoured on the day.

Hemmings, who won the 400m hurdles at the Atlanta 1996 Games, will receive the Order of Distinction (Commander Class).

She also won two silver medals at the Olympic Games, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay in Sydney 2000.

Hemmings won two bronze and a silver at the World Championships level.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.