Jamaica at the 2004 Summer Olympics
Jamaica competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. This was the nation's fourteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics as an independent nation, although it had previously appeared in the first four editions as a British colony, and as part of the West Indies Federation. The Jamaica Olympic Association sent a total of 47 athletes to the Games, 22 men and 25 women, to compete only in track and field (the largest ever by sport), badminton, shooting, and swimming. For the second consecutive time in Olympic history, Jamaica was represented again by more female than male athletes.
|Jamaica at the|
2004 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Jamaica Olympic Association|
|Competitors||47 in 4 sports|
|Flag bearer||Sandie Richards|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|British West Indies (1960)|
With Merlene Ottey's sudden demise to compete for Slovenia at these Games, the Jamaican team featured several Olympic medalists from Sydney, including track hurdler Danny McFarlane and sprinter Sandie Richards, who followed Ottey's path as another Jamaican athlete to compete in five Olympic Games since her debut in 1988. Being the oldest and the most sophisticated athlete of the team, Richards was appointed by the committee to become the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony. Other notable Jamaican athletes also featured the Atkinson swimming clan Janelle, Jevon, and Alia, and top medal favorite Asafa Powell in the men's 100 metres.
Jamaica left Athens with a sterling record of five medals (two golds, one silver, and two bronze), being marked as an enormous improvement from Sydney, where the nation failed to claim a single gold. After picking up the first Olympic medal of her illustrious career, sprinter Veronica Campbell sought her sights to break a historic milestone as she became the first Jamaican athlete in history to claim an individual Olympic title in the women's 200 metres. She was also named the most decorated Jamaican athlete of the Games, after helping out her relay team produce a brilliant finish with their second gold and collecting the bronze earlier in the 100 metres. Meanwhile, Danny McFarlane added a second silver to his Olympic career hardware in the men's 400 metres hurdles, finishing behind Dominican Republic's Félix Sánchez by only a few hurdles left in the track.
|Gold||Veronica Campbell||Athletics||Women's 200 m||August 25|
|Athletics||Women's 4 × 100 m relay||August 27|
|Silver||Danny McFarlane||Athletics||Men's 400 m hurdles||August 26|
|Bronze||Veronica Campbell||Athletics||Women's 100 m||August 21|
|Athletics||Women's 4 × 400 m relay||August 28|
- 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
- Track & road events
|Michael Frater||100 m||10.20||2 Q||10.11||3 Q||10.29||6||Did not advance|
|Asafa Powell||10.06||1 Q||9.99||2 Q||9.95||1 Q||9.94||5|
|Dwight Thomas||10.21||2 Q||10.12||3 Q||10.28||7||Did not advance|
|Usain Bolt||200 m||21.05||5||Did not advance|
|Asafa Powell||20.77||4 Q||20.23||2 Q||20.56||4 Q||DNS|
|Christopher Williams||20.57||2 Q||20.34||4 q||20.80||6||Did not advance|
|Michael Blackwood||400 m||45.23||1 Q||N/A||45.00||2 Q||45.55||8|
|Davian Clarke||45.54||2 Q||N/A||45.27||2 Q||44.83||6|
|Brandon Simpson||45.61||2 Q||N/A||44.97||1 Q||44.76||5|
|Richard Phillips||110 m hurdles||13.39||2 Q||13.44||3 Q||13.47||6||Did not advance|
|Chris Pinnock||13.42||3 Q||13.47||4 q||13.57||8||Did not advance|
|Maurice Wignall||13.30||1 Q||13.39||3 Q||13.17 NR||1 Q||13.21||4|
|Dean Griffiths||400 m Hurdles||49.41||5 q||N/A||49.51||8||Did not advance|
|Danny McFarlane||48.53||1 Q||N/A||48.00||1 Q||48.11|
|Kemel Thompson||48.66||1 Q||N/A||48.25||4||Did not advance|
|4 × 100 m relay||38.71||4||N/A||Did not advance|
|4 × 400 m relay||DSQ||N/A||Did not advance|
- Field events
|James Beckford||Long jump||8.20||4 Q||8.31||4|
- Combined events – Decathlon
|Athlete||Event||100 m||LJ||SP||HJ||400 m||110H||DT||PV||JT||1500 m||Final||Rank|
|Claston Bernard||Result||10.69||7.48||14.80||2.12||49.13||14.17||44.75||4.40||55.27||4:36.31||8225 NR||9|
- Track & road events
|Aleen Bailey||100 m||11.20||1 Q||11.12||2 Q||11.13||3 Q||11.05||5|
|Veronica Campbell||11.17||1 Q||11.18||2 Q||10.93||2 Q||10.97|
|Sherone Simpson||11.27||2 Q||11.09||1 Q||11.03||2 Q||11.07||6|
|Aleen Bailey||200 m||22.73||1 Q||22.97||2 Q||22.33||2 Q||22.42||4|
|Veronica Campbell||22.59||1 Q||22.49||1 Q||22.13||1 Q||22.05|
|Beverly McDonald||22.90||2 Q||22.99||3 Q||23.02||6||Did not advance|
|Allison Beckford||400 m||52.85||5||N/A||Did not advance|
|Nadia Davy||52.04||4||N/A||Did not advance|
|Novlene Williams||50.59||3 Q||N/A||50.85||3||Did not advance|
|Michelle Ballentine||800 m||2:01.52||3 Q||N/A||2:00.94||8||Did not advance|
|Delloreen Ennis-London||100 m hurdles||12.77||2 Q||N/A||12.60||5||Did not advance|
|Brigitte Foster||12.83||1 Q||N/A||DNS||Did not advance|
|Lacena Golding-Clarke||12.86||3 q||N/A||12.69||3 Q||12.73||5|
|Patricia Allen||400 m hurdles||56.40||6||N/A||Did not advance|
|Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes||55.21||4 q||N/A||54.99||7||Did not advance|
|Shevon Stoddart||56.61||5||N/A||Did not advance|
|4 × 100 m relay||42.20||2 Q||N/A||41.73 NR|
|4 × 400 m relay||3:24.92||2 Q||N/A||3:22.00|
* Competed only in heats and received medals
- Field events
|Trecia Smith||Triple jump||14.65||7 Q||15.02||4|
|Kimberly Barrett||Shot put||16.45||27||Did not advance|
|Athlete||Event||Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Final / BM|
|Nigella Saunders||Women's singles|| Audina (NED)
L 4–11, 1–11
|Did not advance|
Jamaica has qualified a single shooter.
|Dawn Kobayashi||10 m air rifle||383||=41||Did not advance|
Jamaican swimmers earned qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the A-standard time, and 1 at the B-standard time):
|Jevon Atkinson||50 m freestyle||23.61||51||Did not advance|
|Alia Atkinson||50 m freestyle||27.21||44||Did not advance|
|100 m breaststroke||1:12.53||32||Did not advance|
|Janelle Atkinson||200 m freestyle||2:04.06||30||Did not advance|
|400 m freestyle||4:20.00||28||N/A||Did not advance|
|Angela Chuck||100 m freestyle||58.33||39||Did not advance|
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