It’s that time of year again – the Olympics are in full swing, even if they are a year late, and Team GB are battling it out for gold medals left, right and centre.
But the athletes aren’t the only stars gracing our screens this summer.
The BBC are packing on the presenters and pundits for the games, including former British Olympic sprinter Jeanette Kwakye.
Jeanette was the first British woman to reach the 100 metres final at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 since Heather Oakes in 1984, where she finished sixth.
The London sprinter has had a fruitful career both on and off the track, having also graduated from Loughborough University; being the lead trainer on the set of the 2012 film Fast Girls, a children’s author and now a reputable sports broadcaster – seriously is there anything she can’t do?
Well, Jeanette boasts a connection to an iconic British singer.
It was through athletics that met fellow Londoner Estelle – you know, of American Boy fame.
Estelle’s brother Tyrone Swaray was also a sprinter and the two struck up a friendship before the singer’s move to New York.
The world of athletics brought the friends together, with Estelle’s brother Tyrone being a fellow sprinter
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Jeanette once revealed to the Daily Express that she listened to Estelle’s music before she would race.
Now, isn’t that what being best mates are about?
The sprinter said she was lifted by Estelle’s success, whose album Shine broke in the American Top 40 back in 2008 – just in time for the Beijing Olympics.
In the run up to the Games Estelle said: “Jeanette has perseverance, which is one of the things that it takes to be a winner. But whatever happens, I’m very proud of her.”
The British sprinter was the first woman to make it to the 100 metre final at the Olympics for 24 years
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As was the nation!
Sadly it wasn’t meant to be gold for Jeanette, with the crown going to the legendary Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
But she did manage to clinch a personal best time of 11.14 seconds!
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Since retiring from athletics, Jeanette studied for her NCTJ qualification and has dabbled in sports broadcasting ever since.
Keep your eyes peeled as you’ll probably find her out on the streets of Tokyo getting post event interviews with the Olympians.
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