Jamaica at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics

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Jamaica at the
2009 World Championships in Athletics
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National federation Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association
Website www.jaaaltd.com
in Berlin
Competitors 46

Jamaica competed at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics from 15–23 August. A team of 46 athletes was announced in preparation for the competition. Selected athletes achieved one of the competition's qualifying standards. The squad had a number of medal hopes for the sprinting events, including Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, and Michael Frater in the men's and Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart, and Shelly-Ann Fraser in the women's. Olympic gold medallist Melaine Walker competed in the 400 metres hurdles and 2007 World Championship silver medallists Maurice Smith, Shericka Williams, and Novlene Williams-Mills also feature.[1]

The Jamaican team suffered a number of setbacks before the event: five of the selected athletes (Yohan Blake, Allodin Fothergill, Lansford Spence, Marvin Anderson and Sheri-Ann Brooks) tested positive for the stimulant methylxanthine, although it is unclear whether they will be banned from competition.[2] In a separate incident, the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association threatened the five athletes in Stephen Francis' Maximising Velocity Power Track Club with deselection after they failed to attend a mandatory training camp in Berlin. The athletes (Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker, Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Shericka Williams) were eventually cleared for competition following the personal intervention of IAAF president Lamine Diack.[3]

Team selection[edit]


  1. ^ Jamaican team list announced for Berlin. IAAF (2009-07-14). Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ IAAF wait for Jamaica drug ruling . BBC Sport (2009-08-11). Retrieved on 2009-08-13.
  3. ^ Jamaican stars cleared for Berlin . BBC Sport (2009-08-12). Retrieved on 2009-08-13.
  4. ^ JAMAICA’S TEAM–12TH IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ATHLETICS. JAAA (2009-07-13). Retrieved on 2009-08-07.

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