Jamaica at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Jamaica competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from August 5 to 21, 2016. This marked its sixteenth Summer Olympic appearance as an independent nation, although it had previously competed in four other editions as a British colony, and as part of the West Indies Federation.
|Jamaica at the|
2016 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Jamaica Olympic Association|
|in Rio de Janeiro|
|Competitors||56 in 4 sports|
|Flag bearer||Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (opening)|
Javon Francis (closing)
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|British West Indies (1960)|
Jamaica Olympic Association sent its largest ever delegation to the Games, with 56 athletes, 25 men and 31 women, competing only in track and field, swimming, diving, and artistic gymnastics, which marked the country's Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro.
Heading the list of athletes on the Jamaican roster were sprint superstars Usain Bolt, who was looking to successfully defend his 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 m relay titles (referred to as "treble treble"), and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was hunting for her third consecutive title in the women's 100 metres, and eventually acted as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony. Apart from Bolt and Fraser-Pryce, several Jamaican athletes had past Olympic experience, including former champion Veronica Campbell-Brown in the women's 200 metres, Bolt's sprint teammates Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake, and four-time Olympians Novlene Williams-Mills (women's 400 metres) and swimmer Alia Atkinson.
Jamaica left Rio de Janeiro with a total of 11 medals (6 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze), matching its overall tally from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; all of these medals were awarded to the track and field athletes. In his fourth and final Olympics, Bolt successfully completed a set of three consecutive titles across the 100 m, 200 m, and 4 × 100 m relay races, making him one of the most decorated Olympians of all-time in the track and field. Moreover, he joined Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi as the only athletes to establish a record of nine gold medals in the sport. Fraser-Pryce witnessed her three-peat bid come to an end, as her compatriot Elaine Thompson beat out the defending champion to run away with a gold in the women's 100 m. Other medalists also included Omar McLeod, who became the first Jamaican to successfully earn the men's 110 m hurdles title, and Williams-Mills, who anchored the Jamaican squad for a runner-up finish in the women's 4 × 400 m relay, adding a silver to her career tally of three bronze medals that she previously collected in three consecutive Olympics.
|Gold||Elaine Thompson||Athletics||Women's 100 m||August 13|
|Gold||Usain Bolt||Athletics||Men's 100 m||August 14|
|Gold||Omar McLeod||Athletics||Men's 110 m hurdles||August 16|
|Gold||Elaine Thompson||Athletics||Women's 200 m||August 17|
|Gold||Usain Bolt||Athletics||Men's 200 m||August 18|
|Athletics||Men's 4 × 100 m relay||August 19|
|Athletics||Women's 4 × 100 m relay||August 19|
Stephenie Ann McPherson
|Athletics||Women's 4 × 400 m relay||August 20|
|Athletics||4 × 400 m relay||August 20|
|Bronze||Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce||Athletics||Women's 100 m||August 13|
|Bronze||Shericka Jackson||Athletics||Women's 400 m||August 15|
Athletics (track and field)Edit
The full Jamaican track and field team was announced on July 11, 2016, including sprinting superstars and defending Olympic champions Usain Bolt (men's 100, 200, and 4 × 100 m relay) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (women's 100 m). When the team was named in many events, four athletes were named "including alternates." The ambiguity of the team composition is to accommodate Usain Bolt, perhaps the biggest celebrity in the sport of athletics. Bolt suffered a grade one hamstring tear during the Jamaican Olympic Trials and pulled out of the final 100 metres race. After filing for a medical exemption, Bolt was added to the Olympic team, pending his proof of fitness at a meet later in July. Bolt ran a sub-20 second 200 metres at that meet, the London Grand Prix, so it is presumed he established his fitness and will defend his titles. Also on the list of entrants were London 2012 bronze medalist Hansle Parchment (men's 110 m hurdles), Janieve Russell (women's 400mh) and Elaine Thompson (women's 200 m), even though they did not compete at the trials. Keeping the pattern, several other fourth-place finishers were added to the list.
- 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
|Nickel Ashmeade||100 m||Bye||10.13||2 Q||10.05||5||Did not advance|
|Yohan Blake||Bye||10.11||1 Q||10.01||2 Q||9.93||4|
|Usain Bolt||Bye||10.07||1 Q||9.86||1 Q||9.81|
|Nickel Ashmeade||200 m||20.15||1 Q||N/A||20.31||13||Did not advance|
|Yohan Blake||20.13||2 Q||N/A||20.37||16||Did not advance|
|Usain Bolt||20.28||1 Q||N/A||19.78||1 Q||19.78|
|Fitzroy Dunkley||400 m||45.66||4||N/A||Did not advance|
|Javon Francis||45.88||3 Q||N/A||44.96||5||Did not advance|
|Rusheen McDonald||45.22||2 Q||N/A||46.12||6||Did not advance|
|Kemoy Campbell||5000 m||13:30.32||10||N/A||Did not advance|
|Deuce Carter||110 m hurdles||13.51||1 q||N/A||13.69||6||Did not advance|
|Omar McLeod||13.27||1 Q||N/A||13.15||1 Q||13.05|
|Andrew Riley||13.52||3 Q||N/A||13.46||4||Did not advance|
|Roxroy Cato||400 m hurdles||48.56||4 q||N/A||DSQ||Did not advance|
|Jaheel Hyde||49.24||4 q||N/A||49.17||5||Did not advance|
|Annsert Whyte||48.37||1 Q||N/A||48.32||1 Q||48.07||5|
|4 × 100 m relay||37.94||2 Q||N/A||37.27|
|4 × 400 m relay||2:58.29||1 Q||N/A||2:58.16|
- Field events
|Damar Forbes||Long jump||7.85||12 q||7.82||12|
|Aubrey Smith||NM||—||Did not advance|
|Clive Pullen||Triple jump||16.08||33||Did not advance|
|O'Dayne Richards||Shot put||20.40||12 q||20.64||8|
|Fedrick Dacres||Discus throw||50.69||34||Did not advance|
- Track & road events
|Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce||100 m||Bye||10.96||1 Q||10.88||1 Q||10.86|
|Elaine Thompson||Bye||11.21||1 Q||10.88||1 Q||10.71|
|Christania Williams||Bye||11.27||2 Q||10.96||3 Q||11.80||8|
|Veronica Campbell-Brown||200 m||22.97||3||N/A||Did not advance|
|Simone Facey||22.78||2 Q||N/A||22.57 SB||3||Did not advance|
|Elaine Thompson||22.63||2 Q||N/A||22.13 SB||2 Q||21.78 SB|
|Christine Day||400 m||51.54||1 Q||N/A||51.53||4||Did not advance|
|Shericka Jackson||51.73||1 Q||N/A||49.83||1 Q||49.85|
|Stephenie Ann McPherson||51.36||1 Q||N/A||50.69||1 Q||50.97||6|
|Simoya Campbell||800 m||2:02.07||7||N/A||Did not advance|
|Natoya Goule||2:00.49||3||N/A||Did not advance|
|Kenia Sinclair||2:03.76||7||N/A||Did not advance|
|Megan Simmonds||100 m hurdles||12.81||2 Q||N/A||12.95||5||Did not advance|
|Shermaine Williams||12.95||4 q||N/A||12.86 SB||5||Did not advance|
|Nickiesha Wilson||12.89||3 Q||N/A||13.14||7||Did not advance|
|Leah Nugent||400 m hurdles||55.66||2 Q||N/A||54.98||4 q||54.45||6|
|Janieve Russell||56.13||2 Q||N/A||54.92||2 Q||54.56||7|
|Ristananna Tracey||54.88||1 Q||N/A||54.80||2 Q||54.15||5|
|Aisha Praught||3000 m steeplechase||9:35.79||8 q||N/A||9:34.20||14|
|4 × 100 m relay||41.79||1 Q||N/A||41.36|
Stephenie Ann McPherson
|4 × 400 m relay||3:22.38||1 Q||N/A||3:20.34|
- Field events
|Shanieka Thomas||Triple jump||14.02||14||Did not advance|
|Kimberly Williams||14.22||6 q||14.53||7|
|Danniel Thomas||Shot put||16.99||25||Did not advance|
|Tara-Sue Barnett||Discus throw||58.09||16||Did not advance|
|Kellion Knibb||NM||—||Did not advance|
|Shadae Lawrence||57.09||22||Did not advance|
|Daina Levy||Hammer throw||60.35||30||Did not advance|
|Yona Knight-Wisdom||Men's 3 m springboard||416.55||11 Q||381.40||14||Did not advance|
Jamaica has entered one artistic gymnast for the first time into the Olympic competition. Toni-Ann Williams had claimed her Olympic spot in the women's apparatus and all-around events at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.
|Toni-Ann Williams||All-around||14.100||11.533||12.133||13.200||50.966||54||Did not advance|
Jamaican swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and potentially 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):
|Timothy Wynter||Men's 100 m backstroke||57.20||34||Did not advance|
|Alia Atkinson||Women's 100 m breaststroke||1:06.72||7 Q||1:06.52||6 Q||1:08.10||8|
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