Ray Stewart (athlete)

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Raymond Stewart
Personal information
Nationality Jamaican
Born (1965-03-18) March 18, 1965 (age 49)
Kingston, Jamaica
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 metres, 200 metres
College team TCU Horned Frogs

Raymond ("Ray") Douglas Stewart (born March 18, 1965 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a former Jamaican athlete who specialised in the 100 metres event. As a junior athlete Stewart found much success at the CARIFTA Games, winning five gold medals within a four-year period. In 1984 he reached the 100 m Olympic final and won an Olympic silver medal for the 4×100 metres relay. At the 1987 World Championships he took silver in the 100 m and bronze with the Jamaican relay team. A leg injury in the 1988 Olympic final of the 100 m ruined his medal chances in both the individual and relay events.

A new personal best of 9.97 seconds at the NCAA Outdoor Championships made him the number one ranked 100 m athlete in 1989 and the first Jamaican to officially break the 10-second barrier. At the competition he also recorded the third fastest relay time ever. He won his first Commonwealth Games medal the following year, taking bronze in the relay. Stewart recorded a national record of 9.96 seconds at the 1991 World Championships but this was surprisingly only enough for sixth place; two continental records and the world record were broken in the race. Stewart reached his third consecutive Olympic 100 m final in 1992, becoming the first man to do so. He reached the 1993 and 1995 World Championship finals of the 100 m but failed to medal. He attended his last Olympics in 1996.

Stewart had a career that lasted almost twenty years, competing at four successive Olympic Games and six World Championships. He also won the 100 m at the Jamaican national championships seven times. His 100 m personal best of 9.96 seconds makes him the fifth fastest Jamaican sprinter in the event, after Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and Yohan Blake.[1]

He went on to coach a number of prominent sprinters, including Jerome Young, but received a life-ban from athletics in 2010 as he had obtained performance enhancing drugs for his athletes.

Career[edit]

Stewart attended Camperdown High School, and was coached by Glen Mills. After leaving Camperdown Stewart attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas

1981[edit]

Running in the Under 17 Boy's category Stewart won the 100 m event at the CARIFTA Games in Nassau, his time being 10.9 s. He completed a successful double by winning the 200 m in 22.32 s.[2]

1983[edit]

At the CARIFTA Games in Fort-de-France Stewart finished second in the Under 20 Men 100 m, in a wind aided 10.40. He won the 200 m event in the same category in 21.13 s. A bronze medal with the 4x100 m relay team was earned with a time of 41.28 s.[3]

At the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki Stewart, only 18 years old, finished fifth in heat two of the 100 m semi final. His time of 10.40 was .01 slower than the third and fourth place finishers in his heat.[4] Stewart also ran the second leg of the Jamaican 4x100 m relay team, which finished seventh in 38.75 s.[5]

1984[edit]

Stewart won the 100 m Jamaica National Championship in 10.37.[6][7]

In the Nassau CARIFTA Games Stewart won both the Under 20 Men 100 m in 10.2 s, and the 4x100 m relay in 41.0 s.[3]

At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles Stewart won a silver medal with the Jamaican relay team. Running the anchor leg in a timed 9.28 s, Stewart passed the Canadian Sterling Hinds and crossed the line to record a finishing time of 38.62[8] In addition to that he came sixth in the 100 m final, his time 10.29 with 0.2 m/s wind. At 19 years old, he was the youngest athlete to compete in the 100 m Olympic final, and had won each of his heats on his way to the final.[9]

1985[edit]

Stewart started attendance at Texas Christian University.[10]

1986[edit]

Stewart won the 100 m Jamaica National Championship in 10.35.[6][7] Stewart's season was cut short by a quadriceps injury.[10]

1987[edit]

Stewart ran the anchor leg of the 4x110 m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Baton Rouge. TCU's winning time of 38.62 was the fastest time by any collegiate team of the season.[10] Stewart also won the individual NCAA 100 m Outdoor championship.[11]

Stewart again won the 100 m Jamaica National Championship, in 10.30.[6][7]

He won two medals at the 1987 World Championships in Rome. Recording 10.08 s, he won the bronze medal in the 100 m, behind Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis; his finish position and medal were later upgraded after Johnson was disqualified following his positive test for a steroid at the 1988 Olympics and later admission of seven years of use.[12] Running the anchor leg for the 4x100 m relay team he earned a bronze medal in 38.41 s.[13] Stewart finished the season ranked number four in the world.[14][15]

1988[edit]

Stewart won the 100 m Jamaica National Championship for the third consecutive year, in 10.08.[6][7]

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Stewart came eighth in the 100 m final despite qualifying fourth fastest from the semi finals; his time of 12.26 was a result of slowing down before the end due to a leg injury. His position was later improved to seventh following the disqualification of race winner Ben Johnson.[16] Because of his injury Stewart did not run on the 4x100 m relay team, which finished fourth in the final.[17] He finished the season ranked seventh in the world.[14][15]

1989[edit]

In addition to winning the NCCA Indoor 55 m championship,[11] Stewart won the 100 m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Provo, Utah in 9.97, and also ran the anchor leg for the winning TCU 4x100 m team. The time 38.23 was a new collegiate record, and at the time was the third fastest in history.[10] Stewart also won the 100 m Jamaica National Championship for the fourth consecutive year, in 10.27.[6][7] Stewart was the top ranked 100 m male athlete in the world.[14][15]

1990[edit]

At the Commonwealth Games in Auckland Stewart finished eighth in his 100m semi final in 11.15 s. Running the third leg for the 4x100m relay Stewart received a bronze medal, the team recording 39.11 s.[18]

1991[edit]

Stewart won the 100 m Jamaica National Championship, in a wind assisted 10.21.[6][7]

At the World Championships in Tokyo Japan, Stewart recorded his personal best 9.96 s in the 100 m final, leading the race at the 50 m mark, and was equal first at 60 m.[19] However his effort was only good enough for sixth place. He again recorded a sixth place finish, in the final of the 4x100 m relay. Stewart ran the second leg and the team recorded a time of 38.67 s.[20]

At the end of the season Stewart was the seventh ranked male 100 m athlete. This was to be his final year ranking in the top ten.[14][15]

1992[edit]

Stewart won his seventh and final 100 m Jamaica National Championship, in 10.10.[6][7]

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Stewart came seventh in the 100 m final in 10.22 s.[21] This marked his third consecutive race in an Olympic 100 m final, making him the first man to do so. The Jamaican 4x100 m relay team with Stewart on anchor registered a DNF in their heat.[22]

1993[edit]

Stewart won his first 200 m Jamaican National Championship, in 20.80.[7]

At the World championships in Stuttgart Stewart finished eighth in the 100 m, in a time of 10.18 s.[23]

1995[edit]

At the World Championships in Göteborg Stewart again finished eighth, in 10.29 s. The 4x100 m relay team anchored by Stewart finished fourth in 39.10 s.[24] Stewart had made the 100 m final of four consecutive World Championships, the first two of which were spaced four years apart.

1996[edit]

At the January Boston Indoor Games Stewart finished third in the 60 m, in 6.72 s.[25]

Competing in his fourth Olympics, Stewart recorded 10.18 s in his quarter final heat of the 100 m, a time insufficient to move him to the semi finals. Emmanuel Tuffour of Ghana received the final qualifying spot for the semi finals with an identical 10.18 s.[26] Stewart ran the anchor leg in 9.14 s for the 4x100 m relay, the team recording a time of 38.81 for fourth place in its semi final. The team was then disqualified.[27]

1997[edit]

Stewart finished fourth in the 60 m at the World Indoor Championships in Paris, his time 6.55 s.[28]

1999[edit]

In the February Stockholm Indoor Meeting Stewart finished fourth in 60 m heat two, in 6.74 s. He failed to advance to the final[29]

At the Sevilla World Championships Stewart finished fourth in heat three, running the anchor leg for the Jamaican 4x100 m team, in 38.86 s. The time was not good enough for advancing to the final.[30]

Post competition life[edit]

On April 13, 2008 the New York Times published an article in which Stewart was implicated by Angel Guillermo Heredia for the use of human growth hormone. A copy of an e-mail message from July 2003 was shown to the Times, in which Herdia described drugs he had recommended for two athletes trained by Stewart. When contacted Stewart initially denied knowing Herdia but then said that they had met after being shown a copy of the e-mail. Stewart then stated that he had rejected the drugs offered by Herdia.[31][32]

In April 2009 Stewart's name was further tarnished following the IAAF stripping Jerome Young of his World Championship results following Young's admission of doping from 1991 through 2003. Stewart once coached Young.[33] At the New York launch of the 2009 Penn Relays, Stewart was honored by Team Jamaica Bickle for his contribution to athletics.[34]

In June 2010 Stewart was banned from coaching for life by the USADA.[35]

Accomplishments and major competition results[edit]

Personal bests[edit]

His personal best in the 50 m event is the third fastest time by a Jamaican.[36]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
50 metres 5.65 Liévin, France February 16, 1997
60 metres 6.52 Liévin, United States February 16, 1997
100 metres 9.96 Tokyo, Japan August 25, 1991
200 metres 20.75 Nassau, Bahamas May 26, 1999

Time progression in the 100 m[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Jamaica
1981 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Nassau, Bahamas 1st 100 m 10.9
1st 200 m 22.32
1982 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Kingston, Jamaica 5th 200 m 22.3
1st 4x100 m relay 41.70
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 4x100 m relay 40.68
1983 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Fort-de-France, Martinique 2nd 100 m 10.40 w   (2.8 m/s)
1st 200 m 21.13
3rd 200 m 41.28
1984 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Nassau, Bahamas 1st 100 m 10.2
1st 4x100 m relay 41.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ IAAF 100 Metres All Time
  2. ^ CARIFTA Games (Under 17 Boys)
  3. ^ a b CARIFTA Games (Under 20 Men)
  4. ^ 1093 World Championships semi final results
  5. ^ 1983 World Championships results
  6. ^ a b c d e f g National Champions 100 m
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Jamaican Championships
  8. ^ Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay
  9. ^ Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's 100 metres
  10. ^ a b c d 2009 TCU track book
  11. ^ a b Bubba Thornton profile
  12. ^ 1987 world championships 100 m result
  13. ^ 1987 World Championship results
  14. ^ a b c d Jamaican Men - The World Top Ten
  15. ^ a b c d The World Top Ten
  16. ^ Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's 100 metres
  17. ^ 1998 Olympic results
  18. ^ 1990 Commonwealth Games - Medals Tally by Sport
  19. ^ 10 Years, Jamaica’s Participation in the World Athletic Championships 1983 – 1993
  20. ^ 1991 World Championships results
  21. ^ at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games: Men's 100 metres
  22. ^ Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games: Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay
  23. ^ 1993 World Championships results
  24. ^ 1995 World championships results
  25. ^ 1996 Boston Indoor Games results
  26. ^ Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Men's 100 metres
  27. ^ Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay
  28. ^ 1997 60 m World Indoor Championships results
  29. ^ Stockholm Indoor Meeting '99
  30. ^ 1999 4x100m World Championship first round results
  31. ^ Witness in Track Doping Case Is Ready to Name Big Names
  32. ^ Stewart sprints away from THG doping scandal
  33. ^ IAAF strips Young of more medals
  34. ^ Jamaican Olympian to get New York City Council Citation
  35. ^ Raymond Stewart banned from coaching for life
  36. ^ 50 Metres All Time. IAAF (2008-03-04). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.

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