Jamaica at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Jamaica at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Jamaica.svg
IOC code JAM
NOC Jamaica Olympic Association
Website www.teamja.org
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 56 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (opening)[1]
Javon Francis (closing)
Medals
Ranked 16th
Gold
6
Silver
3
Bronze
2
Total
11
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 British West Indies (1960)

Jamaica competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from August 5 to 21, 2016. This marked its sixteenth Summer Olympic appearance as an independent nation, although it had previously competed in four other editions as a British colony, and as part of the West Indies Federation.

Jamaica Olympic Association sent its largest ever delegation to the Games, with 56 athletes, 25 men and 31 women, competing only in track and field, swimming, diving, and artistic gymnastics, which marked the country's Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro.[2][3]

Heading the list of athletes on the Jamaican roster were sprint superstars Usain Bolt, who was looking to successfully defend his 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 m relay titles (referred to as "treble treble"), and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was hunting for her third consecutive title in the women's 100 metres, and eventually acted as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][4] Apart from Bolt and Fraser-Pryce, several Jamaican athletes had past Olympic experience, including former champion Veronica Campbell-Brown in the women's 200 metres, Bolt's sprint teammates Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake, and four-time Olympians Novlene Williams-Mills (women's 400 metres) and swimmer Alia Atkinson.

Jamaica left Rio de Janeiro with a total of 11 medals (6 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze), matching its overall tally from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; all of these medals were awarded to the track and field athletes.[5][6] In his fourth and final Olympics, Bolt successfully completed a set of three consecutive titles across the 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 m relay races, making him one of the most decorated Olympians of all-time in the track and field. Moreover, he joined Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi as the only athletes to establish a record of nine gold medals in the sport.[7][8] Fraser-Pryce witnessed her three-peat bid come to an end, as her compatriot Elaine Thompson beat out the defending champion to run away with a gold in the women's 100 m.[9] Other medalists also included Omar McLeod, who became the first Jamaican to successfully earn the men's 110 m hurdles title, and Williams-Mills, who anchored the Jamaican squad for a runner-up finish in the women's 4 × 400 m relay, adding a silver to her career tally of three bronze medals that she previously collected in three consecutive Olympics.[10][11]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Elaine Thompson Athletics Women's 100 m August 13
 Gold Usain Bolt Athletics Men's 100 m August 14
 Gold Omar McLeod Athletics Men's 110 m hurdles August 16
 Gold Elaine Thompson Athletics Women's 200 m August 17
 Gold Usain Bolt Athletics Men's 200 m August 18
 Gold Asafa Powell
Yohan Blake
Nickel Ashmeade
Usain Bolt
Kemar Bailey-Cole*
Jevaughn Minzie*
Athletics Men's 4 × 100 m relay August 19
 Silver Christania Williams
Elaine Thompson
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Shelly-Ann Fraser
Athletics Women's 4 × 100 m relay August 19
 Silver Christine Day
Chrisann Gordon
Shericka Jackson
Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby
Stephenie Ann McPherson
Novlene Williams-Mills
Athletics Women's 4 × 400 m relay August 20
 Silver Nathon Allen
Fitzroy Dunkley
Javon Francis
Peter Matthews
Rusheen McDonald
Athletics 4 × 400 m relay August 20
 Bronze Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Athletics Women's 100 m August 13
 Bronze Shericka Jackson Athletics Women's 400 m August 15

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Jamaican athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[12][13]

The full Jamaican track and field team was announced on July 11, 2016, including sprinting superstars and defending Olympic champions Usain Bolt (men's 100, 200, and 4 × 100 m relay) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (women's 100 m). When the team was named in many events, four athletes were named "including alternates."[14] The ambiguity of the team composition is to accommodate Usain Bolt, perhaps the biggest celebrity in the sport of athletics. Bolt suffered a grade one hamstring tear during the Jamaican Olympic Trials and pulled out of the final 100 metres race. After filing for a medical exemption, Bolt was added to the Olympic team, pending his proof of fitness at a meet later in July.[15] Bolt ran a sub-20 second 200 metres at that meet, the London Grand Prix, so it is presumed he established his fitness and will defend his titles. Also on the list of entrants were London 2012 bronze medalist Hansle Parchment (men's 110 m hurdles), Janieve Russell (women's 400mh) and Elaine Thompson (women's 200 m), even though they did not compete at the trials. Keeping the pattern, several other fourth-place finishers were added to the list.

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
Nickel Ashmeade 100 m Bye 10.13 2 Q 10.05 5 Did not advance
Yohan Blake Bye 10.11 1 Q 10.01 2 Q 9.93 4
Usain Bolt Bye 10.07 1 Q 9.86 1 Q 9.81 1st, gold medalist(s)
Nickel Ashmeade 200 m 20.15 1 Q N/A 20.31 13 Did not advance
Yohan Blake 20.13 2 Q N/A 20.37 16 Did not advance
Usain Bolt 20.28 1 Q N/A 19.78 1 Q 19.78 1st, gold medalist(s)
Fitzroy Dunkley 400 m 45.66 4 N/A Did not advance
Javon Francis 45.88 3 Q N/A 44.96 5 Did not advance
Rusheen McDonald 45.22 2 Q N/A 46.12 6 Did not advance
Kemoy Campbell 5000 m 13:30.32 10 N/A Did not advance
Deuce Carter 110 m hurdles 13.51 1 q N/A 13.69 6 Did not advance
Omar McLeod 13.27 1 Q N/A 13.15 1 Q 13.05 1st, gold medalist(s)
Andrew Riley 13.52 3 Q N/A 13.46 4 Did not advance
Roxroy Cato 400 m hurdles 48.56 4 q N/A DSQ Did not advance
Jaheel Hyde 49.24 4 q N/A 49.17 5 Did not advance
Annsert Whyte 48.37 1 Q N/A 48.32 1 Q 48.07 5
Nickel Ashmeade
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
Jevaughn Minzie
Asafa Powell
Kemar Bailey-Cole
4 × 100 m relay 37.94 2 Q N/A 37.27 1st, gold medalist(s)
Nathon Allen
Fitzroy Dunkley
Javon Francis
Peter Matthews
Rusheen McDonald
4 × 400 m relay 2:58.29 1 Q N/A 2:58.16 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Damar Forbes Long jump 7.85 12 q 7.82 12
Aubrey Smith NM Did not advance
Clive Pullen Triple jump 16.08 33 Did not advance
O'Dayne Richards Shot put 20.40 12 q 20.64 8
Fedrick Dacres Discus throw 50.69 34 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 10.96 1 Q 10.88 1 Q 10.86 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Elaine Thompson Bye 11.21 1 Q 10.88 1 Q 10.71 1st, gold medalist(s)
Christania Williams Bye 11.27 2 Q 10.96 3 Q 11.80 8
Veronica Campbell-Brown 200 m 22.97 3 N/A Did not advance
Simone Facey 22.78 2 Q N/A 22.57 SB 3 Did not advance
Elaine Thompson 22.63 2 Q N/A 22.13 SB 2 Q 21.78 SB 1st, gold medalist(s)
Christine Day 400 m 51.54 1 Q N/A 51.53 4 Did not advance
Shericka Jackson 51.73 1 Q N/A 49.83 1 Q 49.85 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Stephenie Ann McPherson 51.36 1 Q N/A 50.69 1 Q 50.97 6
Simoya Campbell 800 m 2:02.07 7 N/A Did not advance
Natoya Goule 2:00.49 3 N/A Did not advance
Kenia Sinclair 2:03.76 7 N/A Did not advance
Megan Simmonds 100 m hurdles 12.81 2 Q N/A 12.95 5 Did not advance
Shermaine Williams 12.95 4 q N/A 12.86 SB 5 Did not advance
Nickiesha Wilson 12.89 3 Q N/A 13.14 7 Did not advance
Leah Nugent 400 m hurdles 55.66 2 Q N/A 54.98 4 q 54.45 6
Janieve Russell 56.13 2 Q N/A 54.92 2 Q 54.56 7
Ristananna Tracey 54.88 1 Q N/A 54.80 2 Q 54.15 5
Aisha Praught 3000 m steeplechase 9:35.79 8 q N/A 9:34.20 14
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Simone Facey
Sashalee Forbes
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Elaine Thompson
Christania Williams
4 × 100 m relay 41.79 1 Q N/A 41.36 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Christine Day
Chrisann Gordon
Shericka Jackson
Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby
Stephenie Ann McPherson
Novlene Williams-Mills
4 × 400 m relay 3:22.38 1 Q N/A 3:20.34 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Shanieka Thomas Triple jump 14.02 14 Did not advance
Kimberly Williams 14.22 6 q 14.53 7
Danniel Thomas Shot put 16.99 25 Did not advance
Tara-Sue Barnett Discus throw 58.09 16 Did not advance
Kellion Knibb NM Did not advance
Shadae Lawrence 57.09 22 Did not advance
Daina Levy Hammer throw 60.35 30 Did not advance

Diving[edit]

For the first time since the 1972 Summer Olympics, Jamaica has entered one diver into the Olympic competition by virtue of a top 18 finish at the 2016 FINA World Cup.[16][17]

Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Yona Knight-Wisdom Men's 3 m springboard 416.55 11 Q 381.40 14 Did not advance

Gymnastics[edit]

Artistic[edit]

Jamaica has entered one artistic gymnast for the first time into the Olympic competition. Toni-Ann Williams had claimed her Olympic spot in the women's apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[18]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Toni-Ann Williams All-around 14.100 11.533 12.133 13.200 50.966 54 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Jamaican 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)):[19][20]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Timothy Wynter Men's 100 m backstroke 57.20 34 Did not advance
Alia Atkinson Women's 100 m breaststroke 1:06.72 7 Q 1:06.52 6 Q 1:08.10 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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