with all that's new at My-Island-Jamaica, Click Here to subscribe
for my updates and don't miss a thing!
The Best Of The Best Since 1960s
Sharing Is Caring! Share this awesome content with your friends now.
New! For Authentic Jamaican products, from my very own hands, visit my Etsy store here.
Jamaican Sprinters by Kesha Stewart || July 14 2017
There is a distinctive sound that has been heard from stadia all over the world from Europe to The Americas, Asia and even Down-under.
No its not reggae music, it’s the vibrant strains of the Jamaican National Anthem accompanied by the unmistakable and equally vibrant black, green and gold of the Jamaica national flag.
It the sounds which accompany another gold medal victory. But then again if you have been constantly improving at something for 87 years, the chances are you will earn the respect of your peers. Right? Good.
Then you will appreciate why Jamaica has been recognized the world over for her prowess in the discipline of track and field and more specifically athletics and particularly in the sprints.
Join me as I look at some of famous and best Jamaican sprinters.
Watch! See the real Jamaica in VIDEOS
Click Here to watch my latest videos on my fun YouTube channel - you'll love it!
Guess Who Was On The Lips Of Jamaicans Before Independence?
There was Alfred Downer and the famous G.C. Foster and in 1948 at the London Olympics the late Herb McKenley announced Jamaica’s entrance into the realms of sprinting on the international stage.
Lets Go Retro- Back To The 1960’s
- Where in 1964, 16 year old Una L. Morris earned 4th place in the 200m final of the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, then silver and bronze with Carmen Smith as the first major female athletics medalists in 1966 and the Jamaican Men’s 4x110 yards team of Lynnsworth Headley, Mike Fray, Pablo McNeill and Wellesley Clayton with silver.
- The Olympics of 1968 saw the emergence of Lennox Miller Errol Stewart, Mike Fray, and Clifton Forbes.
Were You A Product Of The 70’s?
By Then Names Such As Donald Quarrie, Bertland Cameron, Erroll Stewart , Clive Barriffe, Colin Bradford and Floyd Brown carried the flag for Jamaica.
What Were You Doing In The 1980’s? Those Who Were Around Remember
- In Moscow 1980 Olympics Merlene Ottey emerged and won the first medal for an English speaking Caribbean female and everyone got to know about Cathy Rattray-Williams, Grace Jackson and Leileth Hodges.
- At the inaugural staging of the World Championships in 1983 Juliet Cuthbert announced her arrival by way of a team medal and we met Leleith Hodges and Jacqueline Pusey.
- In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games it was Al Lawrence and Greg Meghoo who were joining forces with Raymond Stewart and Donald Quarrie on the mens side for a silver in the relays.
- Stepping the 1987 World Championship, Stewart now well experienced was joined by John Mair, Andrew Smith and Clive Wright.
True 90’s Style
- Dahlia Duhaney, was added to the mix along with Wayne Watson, John Mair and Clive Wright.
- Michelle Freeman, Juliet Campbell, and Nikole Mitchell emerged in 1993 World Championships and Gillian Russell and Andrea Lloyd in 1993.
- We mention also Merelene Frazer and Beverly Grant of the 1997 World Champs with Peta-gaye Dowdie and Aleen Bailey emerging in 1999.
Fasten Your Seatbelts For Now - Its Focus On Y2K And Beyond
- Veronica Campbell, Tanya Lawrence, kicked us off, followed by Astia Walker and Sherone Simpson, a girl called Shelly – Frazer (now Frazer Pryce) and Kerron Stewart
- Asafa Powell taught Jamaicans that it is possible to achieve a world record in the sprints, and by 2005 we were talking about Michael Frater, Delorene Ennis-London and Daniele Browning.
- The Bolt era began in the about 2007 and to join him (Usain Bolt) we had Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter, Simone Facey, Dexter Lee, Schillonie Calvert and Kemar Bailey Cole.
- And by 2016 we were introducing Elaine Thompson
There are several others who deserve to be mentioned here, when you come across them, please don’t hesitate to share.
So far we have produced 137 male sprinters and 87 females however, if we continue to produce athletes of this caliber at this rate then it is certain that we will be kept busy rewriting history in the sprints.
See also: Jamaican sports
Follow the links here below for more information on Jamaican male sprinters and Jamaican female sprinters.
Pages Related To Jamaican Sprinters
Source: Jamaican Athletics on Wikipedia.com
Return to Famous Jamaican from Famous Jamaican Sprinters
Return To My Island Jamaica Homepage from Jamaican Sprinters
Sharing IS Caring... Its now YOUR turn to...
If you found this page useful, please consider subscribing to my weekly newsletter, My Island Jamaica Digest here.
Back To The Top Of This Page
It tells you each week about the new information that I have added, including new developments and great stories from lovers of Jamaica!
New! Talk To Me
Was the information helpful? Something needs changing? I welcome your feedback here.
Recommended For You ...
Other Great Articles You Might Have Missed
Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)
Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?
Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!
Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.
Back To The Top Of This Page
About The Author
A patriotic Jamaican who adore its culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
efforts have earned this site featured positions in local publications,
including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers,
as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies
and universities. Read more about him here.
He invites you to subscribe to this site to stay updated on all the latest and check out his unique Jamaican products on his Etsy store.
If you are on social media, here are the links to follow his latest posts
You are also invited to join his exclusive JAMHearts community where like-minded Jamaican enthusiasts discuss all things Jamaican.