Sada Williams qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympic, becomes first Barbadian 

Sada Williams became the first track and field athlete from Barbados to book their ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Sada Williams qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympic Games, becomes first Barbadian 
Sada Williams qualifies for 2024 Paris Olympic Games, becomes first Barbadian 

Barbados: Sada Williams became the first track and field athlete from Barbados to book their ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

During the 34th Meeting Internazionale Sport e Solidarieta held at the Stadio G Teghil in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, last Friday, Williams not only clinched the gold medal but also set a new meet record, accomplishing an exceptional season’s best time of 50.80 seconds in the women’s 400 metres.

Her time placed her just below the Olympic qualifying standard of 50.95 seconds, solidifying her qualification for the prestigious event.

Continuing her impressive performance, two days later, at the Wanda Diamond League held at the Stadion Śląski in Chorzów, Poland, the 25-year-old athlete finished fifth in 50.34 seconds, marking a season’s best.

Proving her consistency, Williams replicated her season’s best time during the Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix on Tuesday, where she crossed the finish line first.

Qualification standards for the 2024 Olympic Games have been released, and the 1st of July 2023 marked the first day for athletes to qualify for the international event.

As per the authorities, Back to the drawing boards for stakeholders; Government, Parastatals, Private sector, NGOs, BNOC, BAA, Clubs, Coaches, Athletes, and supporters to find means of working together towards a common goal, “Qualification” then medals later. 

Melbourne will host the International Federation of Sport Climbing Oceania Qualifier 2023 – a qualification event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, from 24 – 26 November this year.

Located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Urban Climb Blackburn will welcome climbers from the Oceania region in the Speed and Boulder & Lead disciplines for both men and women with Olympic qualification at stake.

There will be four Paris 2024 spots available, including one men’s Speed, one women’s Speed, one men’s Boulder & Lead and one women’s Boulder and Lead.

As an important qualifier, Melbourne was chosen as the ideal spot to host the event with its rich Olympic history as the first host of an Olympic Games staged in the Southern Hemisphere in 1956.