The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China is by far the best out for the Jamaican team ever at an Olympic Games. Of the over 200 nations participating in the 2008 staging of the games Jamaica finished 13th overall when ranked by quality of medals and 20th when ranked by total medals, that is quite an achievement for a country with less than 3 million people who sent less than 60 competitors to the games. Looking solely at the athletic events where our main strength lies than our performance truly shines as Jamaica finished third and with small disappointments like the 4x100m baton exchange by the women’s team and near podium finishes like in the 110 hurdles for women, long jump for women and 400m hurdles for men proves that our results could have been even better. We are all about the positives though and we salute all our athletes, we congratulate them and thank them for flying the flag of Jamaica high.
Jamaica Medalists at the 2008 Beijing Games
Usain Bolt – Gold – Mens 100m – 9.69 seconds (World Record)
Usain Bolt – Gold – Mens 200m – 19.30 seconds (World Record)
Shelly-Ann Fraser – Gold – Womens 100m – 10.78 seconds (Personal Best)
Melaine Walker – Gold – Womens 400m hurdles – 52.64 seconds (Olympic Record)
Veronica Campbell-Brown – Gold – Womens 200m – 21.74 seconds (Personal Best)
Team Jamaica – Gold – Mens 4x100m – 37.10 seconds (World Record)
Sherone Simpson – Silver – Womens 100m – 10.98 seconds
Kerron Stewart – Silver – Womens 100m – 10.98 seconds
Shericka Williams – Silver – Womens 400m – 49.69 seconds (Personal Best)
Kerron Stewart – Bronze – Womens 200m – 21.99 seconds (Personal Best)
Team Jamaica – Bronze – Womens 4x400m – 3:20.40
The Next big stage the Jamaica athletics team will be is the 2009 World Atheletics Championships in Berlin, Germany from Augut 15 – 23 2009.