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Young local sprinter Adaejah Hodge conquers the world!

BVI athlete Adaejah Hodge in action (Photo provided)

The fastest under-16 aged girl in the world this year is a British Virgin Islander and her name is Adaejah Hodge.

One might think that’s the single most impressive thing about young Adaejah but then you would be wrong.

What’s really special about the youngster is that she currently holds the world number-one rank for her age group in all three major sprinting disciplines in Track & Field — the 100 metres, the 200 metres and, yes, the 400 metres.

Sports Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley was not shy to express his elation about the young athlete’s achievement.

“Adaejah Hodge is number-one in the world! Not in the Caribbean! Not in the United States! The entire world,” he said in a social media post this week.

“The whole of planet Earth,” Dr Wheatley continued. “I am so proud! This BVI is special. [A population of] 30-plus thousand but we conquer 7.5 billion! Number one in a number of categories! I am so proud! This will only get sweeter and sweeter,”

Fifteen-year-old Adaejah’s latest victory came while competing at the Georgia State High School Class 6A (Regionals 3, 4, 5 and 8) Championships at Barron Stadium in the United States.

She ran an impressive 23.64 seconds to claim first place in the 200 metres; establishing a new BVI Under-17 Girls record for that event.

It is this time that also earned her the World #1 Under-16 Girls’ rank over 200 metres and the World #7 rank for Under-18 girls.

Much to her delight, it’s also a new personal best for the youngster.

Long Jump

Adaejah further earned a top finish in the Girls’ Long Jump event as well. She leapt to a flying distance of 5.97 metres (19’7”) to win with a personal best.

According to the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA, this jump places her at the World #3 rank for girls under 16 years and #13 worldwide for girls under 18.

“Adaejah also holds the current World #1 ranking for U16 girls in the 100m with her 11.70 run and a World #10 ranking for U18 girls 100m. Hodge is also the current World U16 girls #1 ranking in the 400m with her time of 55.11 seconds and current world #13 ranking for U18 girls 400m,” the BVIAA said in a recent social media post.

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  1. Margret Thatcher says:

    We need to show her support from now, and not wait for her to win a major track event.

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  2. Laura says:

    Kudos to her!! What a great overall achievement to be top ranked, female and in her prime with soo much more expectations ahead for her. Super proud of you young lady, keep striding fast and flying high!

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  3. bunch ah cr%ks says:

    The VIP will look to claim political mileage off this {especially the minster of sports} and they haven’t contributed a dime towards her success

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  4. soursop don't fall far from the tree says:

    Her grandpa was very fast back in his time

  5. Congrats! says:

    “Jah” is in her name. She was off to great start from birth. Run, Adaejah, run!

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  6. Nice says:

    This is AWESOME!!! Cut all the talk Minister, cut here a CHEQUE! Every other nation laud their athletes and treat them like royalty but here is all lip service. Keep up the good work Ms. Hodge and continue to make us proud.

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  7. a beast says:

    Dem jamdowns aint want nothing wid she

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    • Jamdown says:

      Jamaica High Schools Champs is currently on the way inside the National Stadium 🏟. I do hope BVI News publish the results on Sunday. Congrats to young Hodge and her hard work.

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    • Truth Teller says:

      Jamdowners have not been on the international circuit for a year. Say what you want.

  8. Show BVI Love says:

    Let’s support Adaejah by assisting financially with her sporting career. It takes dollars to provide for her training and nutritional needs. The Government of the Virgin Islands should support financially as she is already making the BVI Proud.

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  9. LoveMyBVI says:

    YES YES YES!!! Lots of Kudos to Adeajah. You are Bright Shining Star. We are Praying that God with Continue to Bless you and Keep You in Good Health.

    WE LOVE YOU GIRL!!!

  10. Musa best news says:

    Best news for the year

  11. Guy says:

    Congratulations!!! Well deserved

  12. BVI Strong says:

    She was raised by an awesome mother…this is the results you get when you have a great parent. Great job Tonya Hodge. Great job Adaejah Hodge. May God continue to bless you!

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  13. Bree says:

    Congratulation to Adaejah. Every Saturday, I remember your grandmother calling in to the Sport Show with Walwyn Brewley and his co-host giving you praise and asking us to always support you. I know she shining like the sun. Once again congratulation.

  14. The Usual says:

    They only care after you get big, instead of supporting along the way. Big names gives good advertisements.

  15. Me says:

    Awesome!!

  16. Norris Turnbull says:

    She comes from good track roots. Grand pops Allen Hodge and cousin Guy Hill.

  17. Higher hights says:

    Zone6 production

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  18. Angeleta says:

    Congrats Adaejah. I pray your continued strength, protection and success. Beautiful pic Also congrats track mom Tonya

  19. Teacher!! says:

    She’s also an’A” student and a very good Artist.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Keep up the good work girl go BVI we small but we large

  21. 5th says:

    Her mom was also a great athlete.

  22. Big up Big Up ... says:

    Congratulation Adaejah ..So happy for you I pray that you stay focus and healthy.

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