New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) Olympic medallist American sprinter Carmelita Jeter was on Thursday announced as the international event ambassador for the 15th edition of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2019 scheduled for October 20.
Jeter holds the record for the second-fastest timing in 100m (10.64 seconds) behind Florence Griffith-Joyner, who passed away in September 1998.
The 39-year-old became the fastest woman alive when she won the 100m race at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in 2009. The sprinter clinched gold in the 4x100m relay, silver in the 100m event and bronze in the 200m event at the 2012 Olympic Games.
“It’s an honour for me to be a part of this most prestigious half marathon, as its event ambassador. Running is the best form of exercise, as it boosts one’s mind and body. It’s amazing to see amateurs focus on running technique and train with passion, for a fitter lifestyle,” said Jeter.
Apart from the Olympic medals, Jeter has won three golds at the World Championships and two golds at the World Athletics Final. The sprinter has clinched a silver at the World Championships, World Indoor Championships and World Relay Championships. Jeter has three World Championships bronze medals to her name as well.
On bringing Jeter as the event ambassador, Vivek Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International said, “Every year, we have the honour of having legendary athletes as the International Event Ambassador.”
“This year is special to us as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Delhi Half Marathon and it is a matter of pride for us, to have the fastest woman alive join in the celebrations. Carmelita Jeter is both an achiever and a huge inspiration. We are elated to have her on board for ADHM 2019, to inspire our ever-growing number of participants.”
After an illustrious career, Jeter retired from competing in track and field events in 2017.