Podium Finish for Kerr in 1960
By the best accounts, Jamaica has won 78 Olympic medals with all but one gained in track and field. Look a little closer and you find that on September 2, 1960, Jamaica's George Kerr continued the work of the great Arthur Wint with a bronze medal, outside that big number, in the 800 metres. Kerr, a smooth running master of both the 400 and 800 metres, is the last Jamaican to win an Olympic medal in the two-lap event.
Run Like A Champion - Women's 4x400m
The history of Jamaican track and field is filled with iconic moments. From the Helsinki Quartet's world record relay victory in the 1952 Olympics onward, every generation has at least one such performance to cherish. For this generation, one of those iconic moments came at the 2015 World Championships in the women's 4x400 metres relay final.
Excitement in The Shot Put: O’Dayne Richards
"I'm excited, in fact I'm very excited about 2015, I just want to reiterate that I have high standards for myself and if I achieve my goals, I think I will end the year in the top three." Those are the words of shot putter O’Dayne Richards, speaking to the Jamaica Gleaner. Richards had turned into 2015 riding the crest of a wave. Not only had he won the 2011 World University Games and the 2014 Commonwealth titles, he had also moved the Jamaica record up to world class levels. There was more to come.
3 Minute Barrier Broken; Jamaica 4 x 400 m History Made
On August 13, 1995, Jamaica broke through the barrier that divides 4x400 teams and began a new era. Michael McDonald, Davian Clarke, Dennis Blake and Danny McFarlane clocked a national record 2:58.29 in the heats at the World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden with an effort that remains a landmark.
TRECIA Jumps Into History
Like Deon Hemmings on the track, triple jumper Trecia-Kaye Smith holds a unique place in Jamaica's athletics history. On August 7, 2005 at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, the Westmoreland born virtuoso became the first Jamaican woman to win a global title in a field event. She achieved that honour despite adversity and opened the door to a new era.
CAMERON - Independence Day Hero
Nothing tests a man's mettle like adversity. Jamaica's Bert Cameron was tested severely at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and passed with flying black-green-and-gold colours. He went to LA in search of a gold medal that would crown him king of the event some still call 'the quarter'. He left with something just as valuable.
Deon on Top in Atlanta
Pioneers like Cynthia Thompson, Una Morris and Rosie Allwood paved the way for a new generation led by Merlene Ottey to win track and field medals at the highest level. However, the honour of being the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold fell to Deon Hemmings-McCatty, a determined 400 metre hurdler. Unheralded at high school, she beat the world in style at the 1996 Olympics.
Stepping Up at All-Comers Meets
If you only go to big meets like the Gibson McCook Relays, Boys & Girls Champs, the Jamaica Invitational and then Racers Grand Prix, you'll see exciting international and local performances. However, in the last few years, regular staging of local All-Comers Meets has given hard core fans extra clues about emerging stars. Among those who gave used All-Comers Meets as stepping stones are Kemar Bailey-Cole, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Christania Williams, and Demish Gaye.