Jamaica at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Jamaica at the Olympic Games

Flag of Jamaica
IOC code  JAM
NOC Jamaica Olympic Association
Website www.jamolympic.org
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 50 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Usain Bolt (opening)
Hansle Parchment (closing)
Medals
Rank: 18
Gold
4
Silver
4
Bronze
4
Total
12
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Other related appearances
British West Indies (1960)

Jamaica competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was Jamaica's most successful performance in the Summer Olympics; it was approximately the same size from the previous games with a delegation of 50 athletes (25 men and 25 women), and its athletes broke the nation's record for the number of medals (all awarded in the track and field), won in a single games. Jamaica's participation in London marked its sixteenth appearance as an independent nation, although it had previously competed in four other games (including the 1948 debut in the same host city London) as a British colony, and as part of the West Indies Federation. Usain Bolt became the nation's greatest highlight of these games, having won three of Jamaica's four gold medals at London, and breaking an Olympic and world record in two of the three events in which he participated. Because of his repeated successes for the most medals and records, Bolt became Jamaica's first male flag bearer at the opening ceremony since 1984.

Overview[edit]

Jamaica's participation in these Olympic games marked its sixteenth appearance as an independent nation since 1964, although it had previously competed in four Olympic games under two different colonies; one as a British colony in 1948, when the nation marked its debut in the same host city for these games, and the other as part of the West Indies Federation, together with Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

Although the Jamaican athletes had won at every Olympic games since its debut, the nation's delegation to the London Olympics proved to be its most successful performance at any other Olympic games. It was represented by 50 athletes, competing only in 4 sports (athletics, equestrian, swimming, and taekwondo), which covered the same team size with the previous games. Despite the nation failed to target the number of gold medals from the previous games, Jamaica has created its historical record by winning the most Olympic medals in the overall standings (12 medals, surpassing the nation's performance at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by less than a single medal).[1]

At these Olympic games, 18 athletes were awarded medals for their performance in events. Four of those athletes (Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Veronica Campbell-Brown) received multiple medals, three of them were Olympic champions from Beijing. Being the greatest highlight in the track and field, Usain Bolt successfully defended his Olympic titles in London, after winning three gold medals in the same events he participated. He was able to break another Olympic record by the fastest time (9.63 seconds) in the men's 100 metres, and the world record, together with his team, in the men's 4 × 100 metres relay (36.84 seconds). Although he failed to break another record in the men's 200 metres, Bolt became the first athlete in Olympic history to successfully defend his title in that event, winning the gold medal. Two of his compatriots, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir had to settle for the silver and the bronze medal, respectively. This was the second time that all Jamaican athletes guaranteed the medal standings in a single event, the first in the women's 100 metres sprint at the Beijing games in 2008. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also defended her Olympic title by winning the gold medal in the women's 100 metres, ahead of her compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown, and American sprinter Carmelita Jeter.

Among the 50 athletes competing in these Olympic games, three of them were from equestrian, swimming, and taekwondo. Samantha Albert, the nation's only equestrian rider, was the oldest of the team, at age 41. Swimmer Alia Atkinson, competing in the freestyle and breaststroke events, became the first to reached into the final after winning the swim-off showdown over Canada's Tera van Bailen in the women's 100 m breaststroke, but she narrowly missed the nation's first ever medal in swimming by finishing abruptly in fourth place. Jamaica also marked its debut in taekwondo, which was competed by Kenneth Edwards in the men's super heavyweight division.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Athletics Women's 100 m 4 August
 Gold Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt Athletics Men's 100 m 5 August
 Gold Bolt, UsainUsain Bolt Athletics Men's 200 m 9 August
 Gold Kemar Bailey-Cole*
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt**
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Athletics Men's 4×100 m relay 11 August
 Silver Blake, YohanYohan Blake Athletics Men's 100 m 5 August
 Silver Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Athletics Women's 200 m 8 August
 Silver Blake, YohanYohan Blake Athletics Men's 200 m 9 August
 Silver Schillonie Calvert*
Veronica Campbell-Brown**
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce**
Samantha Henry-Robinson*
Sherone Simpson
Kerron Stewart
Athletics Women's 4×100 m relay 10 August
 Bronze Veronica Campbell-Brown Athletics Women's 100 m 4 August
 Bronze Hansle Parchment Athletics Men's 110 m hurdles 8 August
 Bronze Weir, WarrenWarren Weir Athletics Men's 200 m 9 August
 Bronze Christine Day
Shereefa Lloyd
Rosemarie Whyte
Shericka Williams
Novlene Williams-Mills
Athletics Women's 4×400 m relay 11 August

* - Heats only; ** - Finals only;

Athletics[edit]

Jamaican athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard):[2][3]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Yohan Blake 100 m BYE 10.00 1 Q 9.85 1 Q 9.75 2
Usain Bolt BYE 10.09 1 Q 9.87 1 Q 9.63 OR 1
Asafa Powell BYE 10.04 1 Q 9.94 3 q 11.99 8
Yohan Blake 200 m 20.38 1 Q N/A 20.01 1 Q 19.44 2
Usain Bolt 20.39 1 Q N/A 20.18 1 Q 19.32 1
Warren Weir 20.29 1 Q N/A 20.28 2 Q 19.84 3
Dane Hyatt
400 m 45.14 4 q N/A 45.59 6 Did not advance
Rusheen McDonald
46.67 4 N/A Did not advance
Jermaine Gonzales
46.21 6 N/A Did not advance
Hansle Parchment 110 m hurdles 13.32 2 Q N/A 13.14 2 Q 13.12 3
Richard Phillips 13.47 5 q N/A DNF Did not advance
Andrew Riley 13.59 5 N/A Did not advance
Leford Green 400 m hurdles 49.30 2 Q N/A 48.61 2 Q 49.12 7
Roxroy Cato 50.22 5 N/A Did not advance
Josef Robertson 49.98 5 N/A Did not advance
Kemar Bailey-Cole
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
4×100 m relay 37.39 1 Q N/A 36.84 WR 1
Jermaine Gonzales
Riker Hylton
Dane Hyatt
Rusheen McDonald
Errol Nolan
Edino Steele
4×400 m relay DNF N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Damar Forbes Long jump 7.79 19 Did not advance
Dorian Scott
Shot put 20.31 11 q 20.61 10
Jason Morgan Discus throw 57.46 39 Did not advance
Travis Smikle 61.85 20 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 100 m BYE 11.00 1 Q 10.85 1 Q 10.75 1
Veronica Campbell-Brown BYE 10.94 1 Q 10.89 2 Q 10.81 3
Kerron Stewart BYE 11.08 3 Q 11.04 4 Did not advance
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 200 m 22.71 1 Q N/A 22.34 2 Q 22.09 2
Sherone Simpson 22.97 3 Q N/A 22.71 6 Did not advance
Veronica Campbell-Brown 22.75 3 Q N/A 22.32 1 Q 22.38 4
Christine Day 400 m 51.05 2 Q N/A 51.19 4 Did not advance
Novlene Williams-Mills 50.88 1 Q N/A 49.91 3 q 50.11 5
Rosemarie Whyte 50.90 2 Q N/A 50.98 3 q 50.79 8
Kenia Sinclair 800 m DNS N/A Did not advance
Brigitte Foster-Hylton 100 m hurdles 13.98 6 N/A Did not advance
Latoya Greaves DNS N/A Did not advance
Shermaine Williams 13.07 5 q N/A 12.83 3 Did not advance
Melaine Walker 400 m hurdles 54.78 2 Q N/A 55.74 4 Did not advance
Kaliese Spencer 54.02 2 Q N/A 54.20 2 Q 53.66 4
Nickiesha Wilson 55.53 2 Q N/A 55.77 5 Did not advance
Korene Hinds 3000 m steeplechase 9:37.95 10 N/A Did not advance
Schillonie Calvert
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Samantha Henry-Robinson
Sherone Simpson
Kerron Stewart
4×100 m relay 42.37 2 Q N/A 41.41 NR 2
Christine Day
Shereefa Lloyd
Rosemarie Whyte
Shericka Williams
Novlene Williams-Mills
4×400 m relay 3:25.13 1 Q N/A 3:20.95 3

* Dominique Blake was selected to the relay team, but did not compete.

Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Allison Randall Discus throw 58.06 29 Did not advance
Trecia Smith Triple jump 14.31 7 q 14.35 7
Kimberly Williams 14.53 2 Q 14.48 6

Equestrian[edit]

Eventing[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Qualifier Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Samantha Albert Carraig Dubh Individual 67.20 69 54.00 121.20 59 21.00 142.20 51 Did not advance 142.20 51

Swimming[edit]

Swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[4][5]

Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Alia Atkinson 50 m freestyle 25.98 37 Did not advance
100 m breaststroke 1:07.39 10 Q 1:07.48 8 WSO 1:06.93 4
200 m breaststroke 2:28.77 27 Did not advance

Legend = WSO Win swim-off; LSO Lost swim-off

Taekwondo[edit]

Jamaica has qualified 1 place in taekwondo.

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Kenneth Edwards Men's +80 kg  Liu Xb (CHN)
L 4–6
Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jamaica". Sports-reference.com. 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012 ENTRY STANDARDS, IAAF, retrieved 4 June 2011 
  4. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  5. ^ FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE NATATION – Swimming, FINA, retrieved 8 June 2011 

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