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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Jamaican Sprinters have been dominating track and field across the globe for decades! Sprinting is now a part of the Jamaican identity because of its achievements, thanks to our sprightly sprinters. Who is the fastest Jamaican sprinter among them? Usain Bolt still holds that title. But, he is not alone, there are many Jamaicans among the fastest athletes in the world of track and field.
Bolt dominated the 100 and 200-meter sprints at the major international competitions for almost ten years. The Jamaican, whose name is at the top of the rankings, won eight Olympic titles and eleven world championships. He holds the three fastest timings in the 100 meters: 9.63 seconds at the 2012 London Olympics and 9.69 seconds at the summer competition in Beijing in 2008. He set the record in the 100 meters with a time of 9.58 seconds in the Berlin World Cup in 2009. With a time of 19.19 seconds at the Berlin World Cup, Bolt holds the 200-meter record. He also ran 19.32 seconds at the London Olympics and 19.30 seconds in Beijing, two of the top five fastest times ever.
Yohan Blake has won two world championships and two Olympic gold medals in the 4 x 100 relay. Blake has the third-fastest time ever in the 100 meters, clocking in at 9.69 seconds in Lausanne, Switzerland, in August 2012. He was the second-fastest man in the 200 meters, covering the distance in Brussels in 2011 in only 19.26 seconds.
In addition to winning two world championships, also in the short relay, in Berlin in 2009 and Beijing in 2015, this Jamaican athlete, 35, won one Olympic gold in the 4100-meter relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics. owns the eighth and ninth-fastest times in the history of the 100 meters. He achieved 9.74 seconds in Reti in 2007 and 9.72 seconds in Lausanne the following year.
Carter is a really gifted runner. In the 4100 relay in London in 2012, Carter won one Olympic gold medal. He also won three world titles in this discipline in the years 2011, 2013, and 2015. By clocking a time of 9.78 in Reti in August 2010, Carter became the fifth sprinter to break the 9.8-second barrier in the 100 meters. Unfortunately, doping claims stunted the athlete’s career. After tests for the athlete came back positive for the abandoned substance, the International Olympic Committee was obliged to detract the gold medal from the Jamaican 4x100-meter relay at the 2008 Beijing Games.
With victories in the 100 and 200 meters in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo 2020, this youthful speedster pulled off an unexpected double. She ran the 100 meters in 10.54 seconds in 2021, which is the second-fastest time in history. She is the third-fastest sprinter in the 200 meters, clocking a time of 21.53 seconds to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
In the 100 meters, Fraser- Pryce is the fourth-fastest female. She won three 100-meter gold medals at the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, 2012 in London, and 2020 in Tokyo. She has also won 10 gold medals at World Cup competitions, five of them in the 100-meter event. In an event in 2021, she set a personal best time for the 100 meters (10.60 seconds), while for the 200 meters, she set a record of 21.79 seconds.
The most decorated Jamaican athlete in history is Ottey. Nine Olympic medals—three silver and six bronze—as well as 14 medals from World Cups, including three gold ones, can be seen on her resume. Her biggest performances came in the 200 meters, where she won two world championships in 1993 and 1995. In addition, she holds the fifth- and sixth-fastest times in the ranking for this distance with times of 21.64 seconds in Brussels in 1991 and 21.66 seconds in Zurich in 1990.
Her best performance came when competing in Jamaica's short relay, which won three world championships in 2009, 2013, and 2015. She won the silver medal in the 100 meters and the bronze in the 200 at the Beijing Olympics. Later, in London 2012, she earned silver in the 4 x 100-meter relay. Her best time in the 100 meters was 10.75 seconds.
Campbell-Brown has won three summer championships and three World Cups. In Beijing 2008, when she ran her 200-meter best time of 21.74 seconds, the fifth fastest in history, Campbell-Brown won two Olympic gold medals in the event.
One of the youngest athletes to be selected for the Jamaican Olympic teams was Quarrie. DQ established himself as one of the best sprinters in the world in the 1970s with a sprint triple at the Commonwealth Games in 1970. He then repeated the feat in the Pan-American Games in Colombia in 1971, adding a record-tying run of 19.8 seconds in the 200m. He would eventually take part in five Olympic Games and leave with four medals under his belt.
Wint, often known as the "Gentle Giant," won the 400-meter race in 46.2 seconds at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, becoming the first Jamaican to win an Olympic gold medal. He was a member of the legendary Jamaican 4x400-meter men's relay team that won gold and set a world record at the Helsinki Games in 1952.
Who to look out for in the future:
Bouwahjgie Nkrumie- As the third person in the world to break the 10-second barrier before turning 20, the 19-year-old sprinter from Kingston, Jamaica, made history in March of this year by posting a lightning-fast under-20 national record of 9.99 seconds in the 100-meter.
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