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Top Caribbean Athletes STILL GOING STRONG after London 2012 Olympics
Caribbean Athletes BEYOND London 2012 Olympics
22 of the recorded total of 204 countries that took part in the London 2012 Olympics were Caribbean countries.
Although there were many talented Caribbean athletes, in this lens (article) I will highlight only 4 of those tremendously talented athletes in order to introduce you to some amazing Caribbean sporting talent. 1 of these Caribbean athletes is a Grenadian and 3 are Jamaicans. All of whom are from humble beginnings and have shone internationally despite developing world challenges.
The splendour of our female Caribbean athletes cannot be taken lightly. 2 of those 4 athletes I am showcasing are females.
These athletes have continued to do great things internationally since the 2012 London Olympics. So I will be providing you with updates of their accomplishments to date in Track & Field.
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Star No. 1: KIRANI JAMES (nicknamed 'The Jaguar')
Date of Birth: 1 September 1992
Event: Men's 400 metres
At age 18, Kirani won Gold in the Men's 400 metre Sprint at the 2011 IAAF World Champions in Daegu, Korea clocking a time of 44.60 seconds.
He has ranked No. 1 in five (5) other 400 meter events between 2010 and 2012, scoring his best official time of 44.36 seconds at the 2011 Diamond League in Zurich, Switzerland where he won Gold.
At age 15, he won Silver in the 400m World Youth Championships clocking 45.70 seconds which was considered the fastest time ever run by a youth in that event. He also won two (2) Gold medals in the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships in Italy; one in the 200m and the other in the 400m boys.
Kirani James vs Lashawn Merritt 43.74 Lausanne 2014
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Star No. 2: USAIN BOLT (nicknamed 'Lightening Bolt' )
Date of Birth: 21 August 1986
Event(s): Men's 100 metres, Men's 200 metres, Men's 4x100 metre relay
Usain made his debut into the world of international athletics in 2004 at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He won 3 Gold medals in the 2008 Olympic Games; Men's 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100 metre relay. The first 2 were World Record's.
Besides these 3 Gold medals he has won 29 other official 100m and 200m races between 2007 and 2012 at World Championships, Grand Prix, Super Grand Prix, World Challenge, Golden League and Diamond League.
He also won 2 Silver medals in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka Japan in the 200m and 4x100m relay and another Silver medal in the 2010 Diamond League's Men's 100m in Sweden.
His fastest official times in the 100m and 200m are 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds, respectively, which he both clocked in Berlin, Germany during the 2009 World Championships.
He has received several awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award in 2008, 2009 and 2011, an honorary degree from the University of the West Indies and the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
"Lightening Bolt" Sets a New 100m Olympic Record at London 2012 Olympics! 9.63 seconds - ...and a NEW World Record!
Star No. 3: SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE
Date of Birth: 27 December 1986
Event(s): Women's 100 metres, Women's 200 metres, Women's 4x100 metre Relay
Shelly-Ann won Gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympics with a time of 10.78 seconds in the Women's 100m. Sprint.
To date, she has officially won 12 Gold medals, 9 Silver medals and 3 Bronze at various international championships including World Championships (2007, 2009 & 2011), Grand Prix (2008 & 2009), Super Grand Prix (2008 & 2009), World Challenge (2010, 2011 & 2012), Golden League (2009) and Diamond League (2010, 2011 & 2012).
Her fastest recorded 100m time is 10.73 seconds at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany. In 2010, she became the first Jamaican to be honoured with a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador of Peace award.
60m Women Final - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce - Sopot 2014
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Star No. 4: VERONICA CAMPBELL-BROWN
Date of Birth: 5 May 1982
Event(s): Women’s 100 metres, Women’s 200 metres, Women’s 4x100 metre Relay
Veronica shot to fame in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece when she won Gold medal in the Women’s 200m and became the first woman from Jamaica to win Gold in a sprint race at the Olympic Games.
Between 2000 and 2012, she has officially won 19 Gold medals, 15 Silver medals and 2 Bronze at various international championships including World Championships (2005, 2007, 2009 & 2011), Grand Prix (2008 & 2009), Super Grand Prix (2008 & 2009), World Challenge (2010, 2011 & 2012), Golden League (2009) and Diamond League (2010, 2011 & 2012). Five (5) of those medals are from Olympic Games – 3 Gold (2004 & 2008), 2 Silver (2000) and 1 Bronze (2004).
Her fastest recorded 200m time is 21.74 seconds at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China where she won Gold. Veronica’s official 100m best was 10.76 seconds at the 2011 World Challenge in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In 2011, she was honoured as the Jamaican Athletic Administrative Association's Female Athlete of the Year.
2014 UPDATE: Nothing to report so far.
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London 2012 Olympic Update!!!
The Caribbean completed Olympic competition at the London 2012 Olympics with an impressive Olympic medal count of 18 - 7 Gold, 4 Silver and 7 Bronze; the highest amount won in any Olympic event since the first Olympics in 1896.
SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE made Jamaica and the Caribbean proud when she won Gold in the Women's 100m at the London 2012 Olympics, in a time 10.75 seconds, on Saturday, August 4th. This was also a momentous occasion for the Caribbean, since it was the FIRST medal won by the Caribbean at the London 2012 Olympics. This was the 2nd Olympic Gold medal for the 25 year old in the Women's 100m; the first Olympic Gold being won back in 2008 in Beijing, China. Shelly-Ann also won an Olympic Silver medal in the Women's 200m on Wednesday, August 8th in a time of 22.09 seconds, which was a personal best for her. Not quite satisfied with her medal count, she secured her 3rd Olympic medal at the London 2012 Olympics when she and her country women (Veronica Campbell-Brown, Schillonie Calvert and Samantha Henry-Robinson) won Olympic Silver in the Women's 4x100m Relay in a time of 41.41 seconds.
Her Jamaican countrywoman - the 30-year old VERONICA CAMPBELL-BROWN - won a Bronze medal in a time of 10.81 seconds in the same event (Women's 100m), making it the Caribbean's second medal at the London 2012 Olympics. Veronica and her country women won Olympic Silver in the Women's 4x100m Relay in a time of 41.41 seconds on Saturday, August 11. This was Veronica's 2nd Olympic medal at the London 2012 Olympics and her 7th overall Olympic medal! She won 1 Olympic Gold medal in Beijing in 2008, 2 Olympic Gold medals and 1 Olympic Bronze medal in Athens in 2004 and 1 Olympic Silver medal in Sydney in 2000.
Well USAIN BOLT has done it again - 3 GOLD medals in the Olympics! The 25 year old 'bolted' pass his competitors and won his 4th overall Olympic Gold medal on Sunday, August 5th at the London 2012 Olympics. This Gold win was in the Men's 100m in a time of 9.63 seconds; 0.06 seconds faster than his first Olympic Gold in the Beijing 2008 Olympics where he clocked 9.69 seconds. Then on Thursday, August 9th, Usain produced another stellar performance capturing his 2nd Olympic Gold medal in the Men's 200m in a time of 19.32 seconds. Leaving spectators all over the world astonished, Usain and his countrymen (Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake) won Olympic Gold in the Men's 4x100m Relay in a New World Record time of 36.85 seconds on Saturday, August 11; the previous world record time was set in 2011 at 37.04 seconds. This brought Usain's total Olympic medal count up to 6 Olympic GOLD medals!
Since the start of the Summer Olympics in 1896 in Athens, Greece, Grenada nor any of the other Eastern Caribbean islands (Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent) have ever won an Olympic medal. So KIRANI JAMES made Grenada and the Eastern Caribbean extremely proud when, on Monday, August 6th, he won a Gold medal in the Men's 400m at the London 2012 Olympics in a time of 43.94 seconds. This is the first Olympic Gold medal for the 19 year old, Kirani James, and a first for Grenada and the Eastern Caribbean in 116 years!
LAZARO ALVAREZ ESTRADA did Cuba and the Caribbean proud when he won his 1st Olympic Bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics in Men's Bantamweight boxing. He performed admirably all through from Round 16 where he beat the USA's Joseph Diaz 21-15 to the Quarter finals where he beat Brazilian, Robenilson Vieria de Jesus 16-11. He put up a good fight against Ireland's John Joe Nevin but was beaten 14-19 and had to settle for Bronze. A considerable feat though for the 21 year old.
YOHAN BLAKE's performance at the London 2012 Olympics was nothing short of brilliant. The 22-year old Jamaican won 1 Olympic Gold and 2 Olympic Silver medals, in the Men's 4x100m Relay, Men's 100m and Men's 200m, respectively.
The 19-year old KESHORN WALCOTT stunned spectators with his throw of 84.58m in the Men's Javelin Throw, winning his 1st ever Olympic Gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. It was stunning since this Trinidadian is little known in this European dominated sport.
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