Little country girl making her mark on the world – Thomas-Dodd thankful after Doha silver

By October 04, 2019
Danniel Thomas-Dodd, of Jamaica, celebrates after winning the silver medal in the woman's shot put final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Danniel Thomas-Dodd, of Jamaica, celebrates after winning the silver medal in the woman's shot put final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. AP Photo/Martin Meissner

A silver-medal winning throw already in the bag, Danniel Thomas-Dodd hit close to 20 metres with her penultimate throw in the shot put final at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Thursday, but the dreaded red flag meant she would remain as she stood.

There was another close call on her final throw but that too was not good enough. That may have been enough to disappoint Thomas-Dodd who has big ambitions for her chosen field of endeavour, but in retrospect, she is rather, thankful.  

“This has been the longest season yet, so many ups and downs But there was a lot of success. I have to give thanks for all that I was able to accomplish this season. I am so proud of myself and how far I've come in this sports. Little country girl making her mark on the world,” Thomas-Dodd wrote on Instagram.

Thomas-Dodd, apart from being thankful for her achievements, is also grateful to those who fueled those achievements.

“I am so grateful for all the people who believe in me and my talent and those who doubt/doubted me, thank you as well for being the fuel to the fire in me that burns hungrily. THANK YOU everyone for the kind words and congratulations,” she wrote.

The thanks would continue, no sign of disappointment in sight for the dimunitive shot putter.

“Thanks to my mom Tracey Bendeson, she remains supportive, thanks to my Auntie Natasha Bendeson for the support as well. Thanks to Marlon Gayle for always being there for me when I am at my lowest points. Last but not least I want to thank my Husband Shane Dodd for being the support I NEED. Even when you aren't 100% you make sure I come first so I can stay on track to achieve my goals. Thank you.❤ #adidas #adidasthrowing #adidaswomen #timingiseverything #2020olympics #japanolympics #teamjamaica,” she wrote.

Thomas-Dodd adds the silver medal she earned from a throw of 19.47 metres behind the 19.55 of China’s Lijiao Gong, to a silver at the World Indoor Championships last year where she threw 19.22, the Pan-American Games gold she won in August with a throw of 19.55, and the Commonwealth Games gold she mined in 2018 with a throw of 19.36 metres.

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