Jamaica's outstanding female athletes

October 27, 2015
Women's sprint relay gold medallists: From left - Elaine Thompson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Natasha Morrison.

Jamaica has come to expect great performances from its female track and field athletes. Even so, when the ladies earned seven of Jamaica's 12 medals at the World Championships in Beijing, China, it felt like magic. Leading the line in Beijing and throughout the season was Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

She lifted her foot off the accelerator in the Beijing 100 final to raise an arm in triumph. Her 10.76 second dash had secured a third World title in the event. When Veronica Campbell-Brown crossed the line in fourth, she logged the 200th sub-11 100 metre clocking in Jamaican sprint history. The new sub-11 century started a split second later when Natasha Morrison passed the finish. It's a splendid achievement.

gold medal

When Danielle Williams won the 100 metre hurdles at the World University Games, few expected a medal from her in Beijing. Nevertheless, she took the gold medal with a personal best of 12.57 seconds.

Perhaps the emergence of Elaine Thompson as a global sprint force was a bigger surprise than Danielle's Beijing win. As a junior and a senior, the hurdler had competed at the world level before while Thompson seemed to come out of nowhere.

bright days

Overall, it was a great year by our women. In Beijing, the 2015 women's team mirrored the 2009 outfit that blasted the World Championships in Berlin, Germany by winning 4 gold medals. The next best women's gold medal take at the highest level is 3 as produced in the 2008 Olympics and the 2013 Worlds.

The relative youth of Williams, 24, the 23 year-old pair Thompson and Thomas and Jackson, 21, suggest that bright days are ahead. If they follow the example set by Fraser Pryce and Campbell-Brown, they will do just fine in the Olympics next year and the 2017 World Championships.

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