Levern Spencer has proved once again that she is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest female high jumpers and a source of pride to the entire Caribbean.
Exactly one week after placing sixth in the 2016 Olympics women’s high jump final in Rio, Brazil, St. Lucia’s first ever qualifier for the women’s high jump final of the Olympic Games, showed that she was indeed world class, by jumping a season’s best 1.96m on her first attempt, to place 2nd behind the Rio Olympics winner, Ruth Beithia of Spain. She was at the time competing in the Paris Diamond League held last Saturday (August 27).
This result is made even more significant by the fact that in the process, Spencer defeated the Rio Olympics silver medalist, Mirela Dimireva of Bulgaria who placed sixth and the Olympics fifth place finisher, Alessia Trost of Italy who placed third.
This is the third time that the Caribbean’s leading high jumper has medalled in the prestigious Diamond League for this year and she is on her last tour of Europe for 2016 where she is expected to participate in two more competitions before shutting down her 2016 season.
Levern, a Flow Ambassador, came in for high praise from Flow. “We extend heartfelt congratulations to Levern for her outstanding performance, not just at the Paris Diamond League and the Rio Olympics but all throughout her sporting career. We are exceedingly proud to have her as a Flow Brand Ambassador,” said Flow St. Lucia Marketing & Communications Executive, Shermalyn Sidonie-John. “It required a lot of determination and perseverance to achieve those amazing victories. Levern’s historic accomplishment proves that the size of a nation or its population has no bearing on the ability of its people to perform with excellence and at the highest levels. She is an inspiration to people from all walks of life and sets a great example for the island’s emerging athletes,” she added.
Two weeks ago Flow hosted a public viewing of the Rio Olympics women high jump final at the Derek Walcott Square to give St. Lucians the opportunity to see their hometown hero, Levern in action as she made a heroic bid for glory. Hundreds turned out to view the competition which was streamed live on a large-screen high-definition TV powered by Flow’s superfast broadband service. It was hosted in collaboration with the Ministry for Youth Development and Sports.