Olympic gold medalists for 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, 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, the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and an eleven-time World champion. He was the first to achieve a "double double" by 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 100 m 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Deon Hemmings

    Deon Hemmings


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

  11. Herb McKenley

    Herb McKenley


    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Don Quarrie

    Don Quarrie


    Donald O'Riley Quarrie CD (born 25 February 1951) is a former Jamaican track and field athlete, one of the world's top sprinters during the 1970s. At the 1976 Summer Olympics he was the gold medallist in the Olympic 200 meters and silver medallist in the Olympic 100 meters. In all, he competed in five Olympic Games and won four Olympic medals during his career.

  14. George Rhoden

    George Rhoden


    George Vincent Rhoden (born 13 December 1926 in Kingston) is a former Jamaican athlete, winner of two Olympic gold medals in 1952.

  15. Dwight Thomas

    Dwight Thomas


    Dwight Thomas O.D (born 23 September 1980) is a Jamaican sprinter, mainly competing in the 100 metres event and more recently the 110 m hurdles.

  16. Tayna Lawrence

    Tayna Lawrence


    Tayna Lawrence (born 17 September 1975 in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a Track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally for Jamaica. She is an Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 100 meter relay race.

  17. Leslie Laing

    Leslie Laing


    Leslie Alphonso Laing (born 19 February 1925) is a former Jamaican athlete and a winner of gold medal in 4x400 m relay at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

  18. Beverly McDonald

    Beverly McDonald


    Beverly McDonald (born 15 February 1970 in Saint Mary, Jamaica) is a Jamaican sprinter. Her accomplishments include winning the silver medal in the 4 x 100 m relay at the 2000 Olympics and the gold medal in the same event at the 2004 Olympics. She also won the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 200 m race.

  19. Les Laing

    Les Laing


    Leslie Alphonso Laing (born 19 February 1925) is a former Jamaican athlete and a winner of gold medal in 4x400 m relay at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

  20. Kemar Bailey-Cole

    Kemar Bailey-Cole


    Kemar Bailey-Cole (born 10 January 1992) is a male track and field athlete from Jamaica, who mainly competes in the 100m. He is the 2014 Commonwealth Games 100 metres champion.

  21. Melaine Walker

    Melaine Walker


    Melaine Walker O.D (born 1 January 1983, Kingston) is a Jamaican 400 metres hurdler. Walker is the former Olympic 400 m hurdles champion. She holds the Olympic record of 52.64, set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and her time of 52.42 seconds at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin is the second fastest time in history.

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