Jamaica people know how to run...and win!
On Sunday August 16th 2009, Usain shattered the World Record for the 100m again! Running at the Berlin World Athletics Championship, he set a new world record of 9.58 seconds. Then, on Thursday August 20th 2009 he set another new world record for the 200m in a time of 19.19 secs!
2012 Olympics in London: Jamaican runners, both male and female, again showed their mastery of the running events.
Jamaica has a long history to be proud of in their star line up of legendary greats.
Jamaican athlete "Queen of Track" Ottey is ranked third of all time great female athletes. Merlene ran the fastest Women's Indoor 200 meters in 21.87 seconds. She has fourteen women's World Championships medals.
Quarrie is regarded as one of the world’s top sprinters during the 1970’s. Don was respected for his performance both on and off the field. Quarrie demonstrated remarkable athletic skill, and carried Jamaica’s pride in his stride.
The 2008 Olympics focus
There is strength in numbers when it comes to the strong showing of Jamaican athletes lined up chasing the Gold in Beijing. Jamaica people have much to celebrate in the 2008 Olympics.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt shows no signs of slowing down. Usain is the current 100 meters world record holder. He reached the Olympic final with an amazing time of 9.85 seconds. The greased lightning, 21-year-old Bolt, set the world record of 9.72sec in New York in 2008.
Former World record holder, Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell sailed into the final of the men's 100m sprint. Powell ranked first, timed at 9.91 seconds in the 2008 Olympics semifinal heat.
Jamaican team member, Michael Frater is a 2005 world silver medalist winner. In the 2008 Olympians competition held in July, Frater finished fifth overall in the mens 100 meters with a time of 10.12. In preliminary trials, Michael blazed a trail to a time 10.07 in heat No. 2 to finish second overall.
Native Jamaican athlete, Campbell-Brown is a four-time Olympic medalist and a five-time World Championship medalist. She was the first female track athlete to earn a gold medal in the sprints for Jamaica and the Caribbean.
VCB is considered one of the best Caribbean female sprinters of all times. Veronica won the women's 200 meters in a world-leading 21.94 seconds, June 2008 in Jamaica.
Look at that girl go! Novlene qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in the 400-meter dash as a member of the Jamaican National Team. Williams ran a time of 50.11 in the events final. This is her second Olympics after also participating in the 2004 Games in Greece.
Jamaican people as athletes representing other countries are far too numerous to mention....except for some very famous ones! Taking along their Jamaican roots, these men went on to achieve world fame.
Linford got his start in Jamaica before moving at age 7. He set a British male record with 23 major championships medals, including 10 Golds. His career achievements include winning the Olympic 100m gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Games, and gaining the World title in Stuttgart the following year.
The Jamaican born double Olympic champion and three-time world champion moved to Canada at age 13. Bailey overcame a muscle injury ten days prior to the 1996 Atlanta Games, to capture the gold medal in a world-record time of 9.84 seconds.
Full speed ahead for the unstoppable Jamaican Athlete stars. Watch this page closely for updates on talent discovered from the beautiful isle of Jamaica.
Jamaica people are taking the athletic world by storm...sometimes even at the Winter Olympics!