What’s Right With Jamaica? Jamaicans have always considered themselves to be exceptional, and this is evidenced in how their infectious culture has diffused to pretty much every corner of the globe. Even the Guinness Book of World Records bears testament to the unparalleled feats achieved by Jamaicans on the world stage. Here are 18 Guinness World Records currently held by Jamaicans (or Jamaican groups/creatures).
1. Most books donated to charity in seven days: The Rotary Clubs of Jamaica
The smallest egg laid by any bird is that of the vervain hummingbird (Mellisuga minima) of Jamaica and two nearby islets. Two specimens measuring less than 10 mm (0.39 in) in length weighed 0.365 g (0.0128 oz) and 0.375 g (0.0132 oz).
3. Most successful reggae artiste in the US: Bob Marley & The Wailers
4. Oldest boxing world champion (female): Alicia Ashley
The oldest female boxing world champion is Alicia Ashley (Jamaica, born August 23, 1967) who was 48 years and 67 days old when she defeated Christina McMahon to regain the WBC Female Super Bantamweight title, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, on October 29, 2015.
5. Fastest swim long course 100m breaststroke (female): Alia Atkinson
The fastest long course swim in 100 metres breaststroke by a woman is 1 minute 02.36 seconds and was first achieved by Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania) in Moscow, Russia, on October 12, 2013. This feat was later equalled by Alia Atkinson (Jamaica) at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar, on December 6, 2014.
6. Most appearances as a Test match umpire: Steve Bucknor
Steve Bucknor (born May 31, 1946) has officiated at a total of 128 Test matches, between April 28, 1989 and March 22, 2009.
7. Fastest Twenty20 hundred (male): Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle (Jamaica) smashed a century from just 30 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore, India, on April 23, 2013.
8. Most runs scored by a player in a Twenty20 match: Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle (Jamaica) finished on 175 not out – the highest score by a player in any professional Twenty20 innings – for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore, India, on April 23, 2013.
9. Highest partnership for any wicket in a One-day International (male)
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels (both Jamaica) compiled a record One-Day International (ODI) stand of 372 runs during an ICC World Cup match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia, on February 24, 2015.
10. Most sixes by a player in an Indian Premier League career (male): Chris Gayle
At the conclusion of the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament on May 26, 2013, Chris Gayle (Jamaica) had scored a total of 180 maximums in his five-season IPL career (2009–13) for the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 58 innings.
11. Most sixes by a player in a One-Day International (male): Chris Gayle
Three players have hit 16 sixes in a One-Day International (ODI) match: Rohit Sharma (India); AB de Villiers (South Africa); and Chris Gayle (Jamaica), for the West Indies against Zimbabwe in a World Cup match at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia, on February 24, 2015.
12. Most triple hundreds in a test match career: Chris Gayle
13. Fastest run 200m (female, indoors): Merlene Ottey
Ottey ran a blistering time of 21.87s in Liévin, France, on February 13, 1993.
14. Most Olympic athletics medals (women): Merlene Ottey
Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey won nine Olympic 100m and 200m medals – three silver and six bronze – between the 1980 Games in Moscow, Russia, and the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia. The bronze won in the individual 100m in Sydney was awarded in 2009, after the gold medallist, Marion Jones (USA), was stripped of her title due to a drugs offence.
15. Fastest relay 4x200m (male)
The fastest 4 x 200 metres relay time is 1:18.63 and was achieved by Jamaica (Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown, Yohan Blake) during the 2014 IAAF World Relays at the T.Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas, on May 24, 2014.
16. Most consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100m (male): Usain Bolt
The most consecutive Olympic gold medals won in the 100 metres (male) is three, achieved by Usain Bolt (Jamaica) at the Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016 Olympics.
17. Fastest run 200m (male): Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt (Jamaica) ran an amazing 19.19s in the men’s 200m in Berlin, Germany, on August 20, 2009 at the IAAF World Championships.
18. Fastest run 100m: Usain Bolt
How thankful are Jamaicans for Jamaica? It’s a wonderful country teeming with enthusiasm, brilliance, talent and heritage as lush as our verdant landscapes. There is much in this little island to be grateful for, and here at diGJamaica, we don’t need a holiday or observance to celebrate Jamaica … we believe in celebrating the uniqueness of this country all year round. Follow our What’s Right With Jamaica series to see our weekly highlight of something refreshingly special in the island. You can also suggest topics for the series by sending emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.