Julien Alfred - 5th Fastest Woman in the World

Tuesday, Aug 22


orn and raised Ciceron resident, Julien Alfred, placed herself and Saint Lucia on the map on Monday, August 21st, by placing 5th in the women’s 100 metre finals at the World Athletics Championships.

With her time of 10.93 seconds, she came seconds close to seasoned world champions from across the globe, proving her a force to be reckoned with presently, and possibly unbeatable in the coming future.

In the semi-final earlier on Monday, the 22-year-old athlete won her heat in 10.92 seconds, but only after being issued a cautionary yellow card. Last year, at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, the then-University of Texas student-athlete was disqualified due to a false start at that same stage of the event.

This, however, is the first time that Julien Alfred has not crossed the line first in a 100m this season. Notably, she is the only woman this athletics season to have beaten Richardson, the World Champion, whom she bested at the Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix in July. Alfred also had to contend with Jamaican athletes, Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, both global gold medallists, who finished second and third in respective times of 10.72 and 10.77. Saint Lucia can proudly boast, however, that Alfred's 5th place also represents the best finish by a Saint Lucian at the global level.

Alfred will be running the women's 200m, the opening heats on Wednesday 23rd August from 6:05 am Saint Lucia time. Alfred herself has said whatever the outcome, she will “come home to celebrate with [her] people.