Kerron Stewart

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Kerron Stewart
Kerron Stewart Osaka07.jpg
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Jamaica
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing 100 m
Silver medal – second place 2012 London 4x100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing 200 m
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Berlin 4×100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2013 Moscow 4×100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2015 Beijing 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2007 Osaka 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2009 Berlin 100 m
Silver medal – second place 2011 Daegu 4×100 m relay
World Athletics Final
Silver medal – second place 2008 Stuttgart 100m
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Stuttgart 200m
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Thessaloniki 100 m
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Thessaloniki 200 m
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Kingston 4×100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2000 Santiago 4×100 m relay
World Youth Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Hungary 100 m
CAC Junior Championships (U17)
Gold medal – first place 2000 San Juan 4x100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 2000 San Juan 100 m
Bronze medal – third place 2000 San Juan 200 m
Junior (U20)
Gold medal – first place 2001 Bridgetown 4x100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 2003 Port of Spain 100 m
Gold medal – first place 2003 Port of Spain 4x100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2002 Nassau 100 m
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Port of Spain 200 m
Youth (U17)
Gold medal – first place 2000 St. George's 100m
Bronze medal – third place 2000 St. George's 300m hurdles

Kerron Stewart (born 16 April 1984) is a Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 metres and 200 metres.[1] She is the 2008 Jamaican national champion in the 100 m clocking 10.80s. She defeated World Champion Veronica Campbell-Brown in the process and now is the 2008 Summer Olympics silver medalist after she tied with Sherone Simpson in a time of 10.98s. She also earned a bronze medal in the 200 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a time of 22.00s. She was born in Kingston.

Stewart holds the fastest non-winning time for the women's 100 metres. In the 2009 World Athletics Championships from Berlin, she ran 10.75 seconds only to finish second to campatriot, Shelly-Ann Fraser who ran a 10.73 race. Stewart also anchored the Jamaican 4x100 m relay team to victory in a time of 42.06.

Junior career[edit]

She won the U18 100m at the 2000 Carifta Games.[2] She also represented Jamaica at the World Junior Championships that year, winning a silver medal in the 4 x 100 m relay.[2] In 2001, she finished second in the 200 m at the World Youth Games. In the following year, she finished fourth in the 100 m at the World Junior Championships, and second at the U20 100 m at the 2002 Carifta Games.[2] After winning the U20 100 m, and coming third in the U20 200 m at the 2003 Carifta Games, she was selected for the 2003 Pan American Games, but injured herself in the athlete's village by walking through a plate glass window in the dark, forcing her out of action for three months.[2]

Recovering, she was selected as an alternate for the Jamaican 2004 Olympic team, but did not get to race.[2]

Auburn University[edit]

Stewart ran track and field for Auburn University at NCCA division I level. She was named 2007 SEC Runner of the Year and USTFCCCA National Runner of the Year after capturing the SEC and NCAA Championships in the 60m and the 200m. She was named All-American for seven times and one of the best athlete in the school's history. In 2007, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's best female collegiate track and field athlete.[3][4]

2008 Beijing Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she competed at the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat she placed first in front of Ezinne Okparaebo and LaVerne Jones-Ferrette in a time of 11.28 to advance to the second round. There she improved her time to 10.98 seconds to win her heat in front of Lauryn Williams and Kim Gevaert. With 11.05 seconds in her semi final she won the race and earned her spot in the Olympic final. In a remarkable race with fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser taking the gold, Stewart and Sherone Simpson both finished in 10.98 seconds to share the silver medal and to complete the Jamaican sweep.[1] Together with Fraser, Simpson, Sheri-Ann Brooks, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell-Brown she also took part in the 4x100 metres relay. In their first round heat (without Simpson and Stewart) they placed first in front of Russia, Germany and China. Their time of 42.24 seconds was the first time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result they qualified for the final in which they replaced Brooks and Bailey with Simpson and Stewart. Eventually they did not finish their race due to a mistake in the baton exchange.[1]

2009 World Championships in Athletics[edit]

Stewart came second in the 100 m at the 2009 Jamaican national championships, finishing in 10.93 s and qualifying for the 2009 World Championships.

At the 2009 IAAF Golden Gala, Stewart won a gold medal in the Women's 100m in front of Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, with a time of 10.75s, which tied the meet record. This was the fastest time in ten years recorded by a woman in the event, and the third-fastest time ever recorded by a Jamaican, shy of Merlene Ottey's 10.74s and Shelly-Ann Fraser's 10.73 national record.[5]

At the 2009 World Championships Kerron Stewart won a silver medal in 100m just two hundredths of a second behind Jamaican teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser equalling her personal best of 10.75 seconds and ensuring a Jamaican one-two. Stewart did not compete in the 200m due to an ankle injury, but was anchor for the Jamaican quartet that took gold in the 4x100m Relay.[citation needed]

2014 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Having moved back to Jamaica in 2013 to train under new coach Glenn Mills and help to coach the next generation of Jamaican sprinting talent, she competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning a bronze medal in the 100 m and a gold medal in the 4 x 100 m (with Veronica Campbell-Brown, Schillonie Calvert and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce) in a games record time.[6]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Jamaica
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 2nd 4 x 100m relay 44.05
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 2nd 100 m 11.72 (wind: +0.5 m/s)
2nd Medley relay 2:07.45
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 4th 100m 11.53 (wind: -0.2 m/s)
1st 4×100m relay 43.40
2nd (h)[7] 4×400m relay 3:32.20
2004 NACAC U-23 Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 2nd 100m 11.40 (wind: +0.0 m/s)
5th 200m 25.18 (wind: -4.0 m/s)
1st 4x100m relay 43.62
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 100 m 11.12 (wind: -0.2 m/s)
2nd 4 x 100 m relay 42.01
2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China 2nd 100 m 10.98 (wind: +0.0 m/s)
3rd 200 m 22.00 (wind: +0.6 m/s)
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd 100 m 10.75 (wind: +0.1 m/s)
2012 Summer Olympics London, Great Britain 2nd 4 x 100 m 41.41
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 5th 100 m 10.97 (wind: -0.3 m/s)
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 3rd 100 m 11.07
1st 4 x 100 m relay 41.83
2015 NACAC Championships San José, Costa Rica 4th 200m 22.80 (wind: +1.3 m/s)
World Championships Beijing, China 1st 4 x 100 m relay 41.84 (only heats)

Personal bests[edit]

  • 100 metres – 10.75 s (2009)
  • 200 metres – 21.99 s (2005


  1. ^ a b c "Athlete biography: Kerron Stewart". Archived from the original on 23 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e "IAAF: Athlete profile for Kerron Stewart". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Kerron Stewart Receives Honda Sports Award As Nation's Top Female Track And Field Athlete". Auburn University Athletics. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Track & Field". CWSA. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  5. ^ Foster, Anthony (2009-06-28). Bolt 9.86 and Fraser 10.88; Walker and Phillips excel over hurdles – JAM Champs , Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-28.
  6. ^ "Kerron Stewart Biography - 2014 Commonwealth Games". 8 August 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Competed only in the heat.

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