Opinions & Features September 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm

5 famous people you did not know are from Belize

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

Novieku Babatunde Adeola September 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm

September 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Opinions & Features

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Marion Jones – Athlete

American athlete Marion Jones shot to international fame while in college as she dominated the sprint events. Born in the U.S. to a Belizean mother, she became one of the most celebrated athletes of the 19th century.

She excelled at her first major competition, winning the 100 m sprint at the 1997 World Championships in Athens while finishing 10th in the long jump. She won three gold medals (100 and 200-meter sprint, and 4x400m relay) and two bronze medals (long jump and 4x100m relay). However, she was stripped of her medals after she confessed to taking a banned substance in 2007.

She holds dual citizenship with the United States and Belize.


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