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2016 Olympic Highlights

This 2016 Summer Olympics hosted in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil has been nothing short of entertaining, emotional and exhilarating.

With more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 National Olympic Committee’s taking part, the world tuned in, whether on the edge of their seats at home or in the actual olympic arena to support their countries and impressive athletes.

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We cheered as Usain Bolt won three consecutive Olympic Games. We watched in awe as Simone Biles smashed the gymnast floor and became the 2016 Olympic individual all-round, vault and floor gold medalist. And we were impressed when swimmer, Joseph Schooling beat his childhood hero Michael Phelps to a gold medal. But most of all, we jumped, danced, screamed and weld up with pride watching our Grenadian Athletes represent us extremely well at Rio 2016.

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We’d like to take this opportunity to recap and congratulate the Grenada National Olympic Team and Committee for a sterling performance and keeping all of us updated at home.

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Corey Ollivierre made his Olympic debut in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke and Oreoluwa Cherebin made her Olympic debut in the Women’s 100m butterfly, where Cherebin impressively got 2nd place in heat one of six. We held our breath as they held theirs underwater and were elated to see two young rising stars showing the world that we are not just present on the track.

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Congratulations to Kanika Beckles for achieving her season’s best in the women’s 400m heats. After 10 stamina enduring Decathlon events, Kurt Felix amassed 8323 points and placed an impressive 9th position out of 25, also beating his personal best. His brother Linton Victor placed 16th with a total of 7998 points showing aspiring athletes what they can achieve when they put their minds to it.

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The nation literally came to a standstill when our Olympic Champion Kirani James and new kid on the block Bralon Taplin went down in the starter blocks for the 400m men’s final. It was a historical and memorable moment for all of us, who witnessed two determined young Grenadian men, full of humility and passion represent Grenada in the same race. We dare say it was the most heart stopping 44.03 seconds we ever watched. But we are overjoyed to have experience Kirani James achieved his second Olympic Medal in 43.76 seconds.

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On top of our athletes giving it their all, once again for a second year, our tri-island state has become the overall Olympic Medal Champion for medals per capita.

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We do hope that this year’s Summer Olympics will encourage more of our talented aspiring Athletes to focus on training and personal development in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

If you’d like to follow the progress of aspiring Grenadian Athletes,  make sure you stay posted on our Facebook page and website for information on activities and events at Grenada National Athletes Stadium.

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