Olympic athletes of Jamaica

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  1. Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt


    Usain St. Leo Bolt, (/ˈjuːsn/; born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Along with his teammates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events, and the first man at the modern Olympic Games to win six gold medals in sprinting, and an eleven-time World champion. He was the first to achieve the "double double" of winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012), and topped this through the first "double triple" (including 4×100 m relays).

  2. Yohan Blake

    Yohan Blake


    Yohan Blake (born 26 December 1989), is a Jamaican sprinter of the 100-metre and 200-metre sprint races. He won a gold medal at the 100 m at the 2011 world championships as the youngest 100 m world champion ever, and a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 100 m and 200 m races for the Jamaican team. He is known by the nickname "The Beast".

  3. Asafa Powell

    Asafa Powell


    Asafa Powell, CD (born 23 November 1982) is a Jamaican sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres. He held the 100 metres world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. Powell has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition, with his personal best of 9.72 s being the fifth fastest time in the history of the event. As of October 2012, Powell has broken the ten-second barrier legally more times than anyone else – 94 times.

  4. Shelly-Ann Fraser

    Shelly-Ann Fraser


    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD (born 27 December 1986; née Fraser) is a Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100m gold at the Olympics. In 2012, she successfully defended her 100m title, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100m events at the Olympics.

  5. Merlene Ottey

    Merlene Ottey


    Merlene Joyce Ottey OD (born 10 May 1960) is a Jamaican-born Slovene track and field sprinter. Ottey began her career representing Jamaica but since 2002 has represented Slovenia, where she now resides. She is ranked fourth on the all-time list over 60 metres (indoor), sixth on the all-time list over 100 metres and fourth on the all-time list over 200 metres. Her world indoor record for 200 metres, set in 1993, still stands (as of 2015).

  6. Veronica Campbell-Brown

    Veronica Campbell-Brown


    Veronica Campbell-Brown C.D (born 15 May 1982) is a Jamaican track and field sprinter, who specializes in the 100 and 200 meters. A seven-time Olympic medalist, she is the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200 m events, after Bärbel Wöckel of Germany at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. Campbell-Brown is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

  7. Warren Weir

    Warren Weir


    Warren Weir (born October 1989) is a Jamaican sprinter, who specializes in the 200 metres. He was the bronze medallist in the event at the 2012 London Olympics, helping Jamaica sweep the medals. In 2013 at the Moscow World Championships, Warren Weir won the silver medal equalling his personal best. He finished behind Usain Bolt who set a World Leading time. His personal best is 19.79 seconds set at the National Stadium in his home country Kingston, Jamaica. He has since equalled his personal best in Moscow, in the World Championship final. He trains with the Glen Mills-coached Racers Track Club, alongside Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.

  8. Sanjay Ayre

    Sanjay Ayre


    Sanjay Claude Ayre (born 19 June 1980 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a world-class Jamaican sprinter specializing in the 400 meters.

  9. Michelle Freeman

    Michelle Freeman


    Michelle Freeman (born 5 May 1969) is a former Jamaican track & field athlete who was an Olympic bronze medalist.

  10. Nesta Carter

    Nesta Carter


    Nesta Carter OD (born October 11, 1985) is a Jamaican sprinter, who specializes in the 100 metres event. Carter has been successful as part of the Jamaican 4 x 100 metres relay team, taking gold and setting successive world records at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2011 World Championships and 2012 London Olympics. He also gained a 4 x 100m silver medal at the 2007 World Championship. On August 11, 2013, Carter secured an individual 100m World Championship bronze medal in Moscow, behind Justin Gatlin and teammate Usain Bolt. He followed this with another gold in the 4 x 100 metres relay.

  11. Shevon Stoddart

    Shevon Stoddart


    Shevon Stoddart (born 21 November 1982) is a Jamaican hurdler.

  12. Aleen Bailey

    Aleen Bailey


    Aleen May Bailey (born 25 November 1980 in Saint Mary) is a track and field sprint specialist, competing internationally for Jamaica.

  13. Juliet Cuthbert

    Juliet Cuthbert


    Juliet Cuthbert (born on 9 April 1964, in Saint Thomas, Jamaica) is a Jamaican athlete who competed mainly in the sprints (100 and 200 metres).

  14. Kaliese Spencer

    Kaliese Spencer


    Kaliese Spencer (born 6 May 1987) is a Jamaican track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres hurdles. Spencer was the Commonwealth Games champion in 2014 and a double silver medallist at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She finished fourth at both the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. She was the 2006 World Junior champion.

  15. Jason Morgan

    Jason Morgan


    Jason Morgan World Class Athlete. Olympian (born 6 October 1982) is a Jamaican discus thrower. On June 6, 2015 Morgan achieved the Jamaican record in the discus throw (68.19meters).

  16. Marilyn Neufville

    Marilyn Neufville


    Marilyn Fay Neufville (born 16 November 1952) is a retired sprint runner who was active between 1967 and 1971. Neufville broke the world record in the 400 m and won four gold medals and one bronze in various regional championships. Born in Jamaica, she emigrated at eight years old to Great Britain.

  17. Michael Frater

    Michael Frater


    Michael Frater O.D (born 6 October 1982 in Manchester, Jamaica) is a track and field sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres event. He won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships and a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games for the event.

  18. Sherone Simpson

    Sherone Simpson


    Sherone Simpson (born 12 August 1984) is a Jamaican track and field sprint athlete]. She is a gold medalist in the 4 x 100 m relay from the 2004 Olympics and silver medalist in 2005 World Championships and now is the silver medalist in the individual event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, after she tied for second with Kerron Stewart in a photo finish.

  19. Diane Guthrie-Gresham

    Diane Guthrie-Gresham


    Diane Claire Guthrie-Gresham (born October 24, 1971 in Saint Elizabeth) is a retired female track and field athlete from Jamaica, who specialized in the Long Jump and Heptathlon during her career.

  20. Maurice Smith (athlete)

    Maurice Smith (athlete)


    Maurice Smith (born 28 September 1980 in St. Catherine, Jamaica) is a decathlete from Jamaica. He competed for Auburn University. He represented his native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, finishing in 14th place. He broke the Pan American Games decathlon record in 2007, winning his first international gold medal. He won the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2007 World Championships. Smith is the current national record holder in the men's decathlon, with 8644 points.

  21. Deon Hemmings

    Deon Hemmings


    Deon Hemmings (born 10 September 1968 in Saint Ann, Jamaica) is a former female 400 metres hurdler.

  22. Herb McKenley

    Herb McKenley


    The Hon. Herbert Henry "Herb" McKenley OM (July 10, 1922 – November 26, 2007) was a Jamaican sprint runner. He competed at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics in six events in total, and won one gold and three silver medals.

  23. Arthur Wint

    Arthur Wint


    Arthur Stanley Wint OD MBE (25 May 1920 – 19 October 1992) was the first Jamaican Olympic gold medalist, winning the 400 metres at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.

  24. Kerron Stewart

    Kerron Stewart


    Kerron Stewart (born 16 April 1984) is a Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She is the 2008 Jamaican national champion in the 100 m clocking 10.80s. She defeated World Champion Veronica Campbell-Brown in the process and now is the 2008 Summer Olympics silver medalist after she tied with Sherone Simpson in a time of 10.98s. She also earned a bronze medal in the 200 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a time of 22.00s. She was born in Kingston.

  25. Novlene Williams-Mills

    Novlene Williams-Mills


    Novlene Hilaire Williams-Mills (born 26 April 1982), née Novlene Hilaire Williams, is a Jamaican track and field athlete. She won the bronze medal medal in the 400 metres at the 2007 World Championships. She is also a three-time Olympic bronze medallist in the 4×400 metres relay.

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