Trecia-Kaye Smith

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Trecia-Kaye Smith
Personal information
Nationality Jamaican
Born (1975-11-05) 5 November 1975 (age 40)
Westmoreland, Jamaica
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) Triple jump

Trecia-Kaye Smith (born 5 November 1975 in Westmoreland, Jamaica) is a Jamaican athlete competing mainly in triple jump.


In college, she competed for the University of Pittsburgh from 1996–1999 and was a seven-time NCAA national champion (two outdoor and three indoor long jump titles and one outdoor and one indoor triple jump title), 15-time All-American, a 14-time Big East Conference champion, and a 15-time Eastern College Athletic Conference champion. Trecia was named to the NCAA Division 1 Silver Anniversary Indoor Team and a "NCAA Division 1 Most Outstanding Student-Athlete".[1][2]

Her personal best is 15.16 metres, and she almost equalled that result at the 2005 World Championships where she, in the absence of Golden League winner Tatyana Lebedeva, won the gold medal with 15.11 metres.

Smith won triple jump at the 2009 Jamaican Championship with 14.43 m, qualifying for her fifth World Championships in Athletics.[3] She retained her Commonwealth triple jump title at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and she was given the David Dixon Award for her performance. The decision was a surprise in many quarters as she had only one legal jump at the competition, a modest mark of 14.19 m which she herself acknowledged was "a terrible jump". Alicia Coutts, who emerged with five swimming gold medals, was among the athletes Smith was chosen ahead of.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Jamaica
1990 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Kingston, Jamaica 3rd Long jump 5.25 m
1992 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Nassau, Bahamas 4th High jump 1.60 m
1994 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bridgetown, Barbados 4th 400 m hurdles 72.27
1st Long jump 6.06 m
4th Javelin 31.22 m
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st Long jump 6.40 m
2nd Heptathlon 4899 pts
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 31st (q) Triple jump 13.34 m   (-0.3 m/s)
2001 Central American and Caribbean Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala 2nd Long jump 6.68 m A
1st Long jump 14.12 m A
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 8th Triple jump 13.92 m   (-1.3 m/s)
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 3rd Triple jump 14.32 m PB
World Cup Madrid, Spain 4th Triple jump 13.82 m   (0.4 m/s)
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th Triple jump 14.71 m NR
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th Triple jump 15.02 m   (0.5 m/s)
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 7th Triple jump 14.53 m   (-0.5 m/s)
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st Triple jump 15.11 m   (0.8 m/s) WL
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th Triple jump 14.69 m   (0.4 m/s)
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 4th Triple jump 14.84 m NR
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 1st Triple jump 14.39 m
World Cup Athens, Greece 4th Triple jump 14.64 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 24th (q) Triple jump 13.47 m   (-0.3 m/s)
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 11th Triple jump 14.12 m   (0.5 m/s)
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th Triple jump 14.48 m   (-0.2 m/s)
2010 Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 1st Triple jump 14.19 m SB
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 7th Triple jump 14.35 m

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  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Trecia's big leap. The Hindu (2010-10-14). Retrieved on 2010-10-16.
  5. ^ Keddo misses by a whisker, Gleaner Company Ltd., 9 October 2010, retrieved 2 April 2012