Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; it’s fair to say that Jamaica have a reputation for producing some of the best male and female sprinters in the world.
The man from Jamaica to replace Bolt always had big shoes to fill, but Blake is more than up to the task and has been snapping at the heels of his countryman across both the 100m and 200m disciplines, as well as forming part of the spine of the 4x100m relay team.
For the women, there are few better sprinters in the world currently than Elaine Thompson. She has ended each of the last two outdoor season as the fastest woman on the circuit.
Aside from their threats in the sprints, Jamaica have made themselves a presence to be feared in the men’s discus and women’s triple jump in recent years.
Danniel Thomas-Dodd made history in Brimingham at the World Indoor championships as she became the first Jamaican woman to win a global medal in a throwing event. In a highly entertaining shot put comeptitions, she recorded a national indoor record of 19.22m, so will be looking to transfer that to the outdoor season.
Fedrick Dacres is knocking on the door of those at the very top of the sport. After arriving on the scene in 2012 when he was named World U20 champion, his progression has seen him rise from a rank outsider to an ever-present in the world’s top echelons.
The dynamic duo of Shanieka Ricketts and Kimberly Williams are also continuing to stamp their authority on their discipline, with the latter finishing second in March’s World Indoor Championships and Ricketts setting the early pace in the outdoor season.
Did you know?
Jamaica have won a total of 77 Olympic medals since their first games in 1948. 76 of those have been on the track and only one has been in a field event (James Beckford, Long jump, Atlanta 1996).
Facts from IAAF World Championships London 2017