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TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS | Megan Tapper’s “Moment 4 Life” – Reminiscing Nicki Minaj in her Epic Coronation Moment

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have come and gone. As usual, the competition was very stiff and the wins were scintillating. Some global establishe...

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have come and gone. As usual, the competition was very stiff and the wins were scintillating. Some global established athletes lived up to their top billings while others were stunned and pushed aside by newcomers in their vicinity. It is part of the athletics game; you win some and lose some.

Megan Tapper; Olympic Bronze Medallist

Olympics are the world-cup equivalence sporting event held once every four years. If you want your name to resonate with greatness, you have to set your mark there.

Tokyo had many captivating and inspiring moments for me. Top of the list were the three Jamaican sprint queens; Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson; who took a blistering clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze medals in the women’s 100 metres final respectively. This was a historic repeat of the Beijing 2008 Olympics event where Shelly-Ann bagged her maiden Olympic gold in a scintillating 10.78 seconds with her two Jamaican counterparts; Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart, grabbed joint silver medals in a commendable 10.98 seconds. Away from the trendsetting Jamaican queens, Tokyo provided a platform for the record-breaking Canadian sprint king, Andre de Grasse; who took the 200 metres gold medal after a number of his previous attempts were all thwarted by the likes of the now retired Jamaican sprint legend, Usain Bolt. In Tokyo, De Grasse set a new Canadian 200 metres national record in that coronation final taking the top spot in 19.62 seconds. By this he also broke his previous personal best time he had set five years ago at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Megan Tapper; Olympic Bronze Medallist

Away from the short-distance events, came the mighty Kenyan legend, Eliud Kipchoge; who defended his Rio 2016 marathon gold medal in devastating fashion. Kipchoge appeared to be just an ordinary trying marathoner at the onset of the race, chasing the frontrunners slightly behind them. The reckoning moment came just after the 30 km mark. Kipchoge suddenly broke free from everyone else leaving all his peers in a pack in utter amazement. He had all of them now tired and captured by the Tokyo heatwave. All they could do was watch him dictate the pace alone in front on his way to history making as they jostled for the silver and bronze behind. I can go on and on describing how the Americans and the Chinese went about their near-perfect business collecting 39 and 38 gold medals respectively, and dozens of runner-up medals along the way. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics provided a huge entertainment and social relief to a sobbing world, countering the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, my favourite two memorable moments did not come from gold medal hauls. They were actually two bronze medal finishes that left permanent sporting imprints on my heart. In this article I will talk about one of them: the Jamaican women’s hurdles athlete, Megan Tapper; who bagged a bronze medal in 12.53 seconds, thereby setting a new personal best for her exploits. This year’s event saw Megan bagging only her second international medal after winning a bronze as well at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Running against seasoned hurdles icons such as the Puerto Rican, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn; who won the event in 12.37 seconds and the American megastar, Kendra Harrison; who took silver in 12.52 seconds, this pushed her to the upper limits. Tapper did not disappoint after lining up with such intimidating household names. And going on to share the podium with such heavyweights is by no means a small feat. One could clearly see that the bronze medal meant the world to her through the joy and jubilation she publicly expressed on cameras. Hearty congratulations to Megan Tapper.

Megan Tapper; Olympic Bronze Medallist

In her post-race interview, Megan opted to celebrate her feet through rapping Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life” song which simply took viewers by storm. The Jamaican queen burst into its lyrics with lines: “I fly with the stars, in the skies. I am no longer trying to survive. I believe that life is a prize, in this very moment, I’m King, in this very moment I slay Goliath with the sling…”

“And I will retire with the ring and I will retire with the crown, yes. No, I’m not lucky, I’m blessed, yes. Clap for the heavyweight champ, me. But I couldn’t do it all alone…..”

Woooow what a breath-taking celebration!! Even Nicki Minaj noticed the clip on social media and responded with a big shout out to Megan through her official twitter account: “Incredible. Wow. Ok Queen. Talent on a billion. Beauty on a trillion”. The Olympics story of Megan Tapper inspired and captivated many the world over; I included.

Megan Tapper; Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Tapiwa Zuze

Megan Tapper; Olympic Bronze Medallist

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