The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC), has expressed its disappointment at the decision of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), to award Canadian swimmer, Maggie McNeil, instead of Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah, as the best female athlete at this year’s Olympics in Japan.
Mc Neil won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the Olympics, against Thompson- Herah, who was the winner of three gold medals.
Thompson–Herah won the 100m, 200m and was a part of her country’s quartet that crossed the line first in the 4 x 100m.
Vincentian Keith Joseph, writing in NACAC’s weekly bulletin, “This Week in NACAC”, reported, “For the several NACAC member countries in attendance at the Awards Ceremony held on the evening of Sunday, 24 October, in the city of Heraklion on the Island of Crete, Greece, it came as a shock that Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson was not the eventual winner”.
Joseph indicated that even though the representatives from NACAC member countries who were at the ANOC Awards Ceremony in Crete were from National Olympic Committees and not Athletics member federations, for the majority, Thompson-Herah should have been the clear winner.
Thompson-Herah is in the hunt for the top award at the World Athletics Awards, set for early December.