Allison Beckford

Allison J. Beckford (born 8 May 1979 in Westmoreland) is a Jamaican sprinter competing in the 400 metres. She attended the Manning's School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica, where she was one of the star athletes coached by Howard Daugharty. She was also academically astute passing several CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) exams and also A-levels exams after completing her upper six forms education. Her personal best of 50.83 was set in 2002. She has also competed in 400 m hurdles.

Allison Beckford
Medal record
Representing  Jamaica
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Gold medal – first place 1998 George Town 4x400 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1998 George Town 400 m hurdles
Junior (U20)
Gold medal – first place 1998 Port of Spain 400m hurdles
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Port of Spain 400m

Beckford was a part of the Jamaican team that won the bronze medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics. She was not selected for the bronze-winning relay team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She did compete in the 400 metre race, but suffered a severe hamstring injury.

Beckford is a relative of long jumper James Beckford. She attended Rice University in Houston Texas[citation needed].


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Jamaica
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 2nd 400m hurdles 57.19
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:32.29
1999 Central American and Caribbean Championships Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:30.00
Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:30.76
2002 NACAC U-25 Championships San Antonio, Texas, United States 1st 400 m 51.21
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:34.06
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 6th 400 m hurdles 55.50
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.34
World Championships Paris, France 3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:22.92
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 31st (h) 400 m 52.85

External linksEdit

  • Allison Beckford at World Athletics
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Allison Beckford". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.