It’s #OlympicDay on Twitter and many people from all over the world are sharing pictures of how they get active, as they try to win a trip to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, where next year’s Games will be staged. Of course, we thought it the perfect opportunity to look back at Jamaica’s best moments at the Games since we first mined gold in 1948. See below:
- London 1948 – Men’s 400m: Arthur Wint was Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medalist.
- Helsinki 1952: The quartet of Wint, Leslie Laing, Herb McKinley and George Rhoden mined gold for Jamaica on July, 1952, as the team also set a world record time. Rhoden also claimed the individual 400m title.
- Montreal 1976 – Men’s 200m: Donald Quarrie took gold in the 1976 games with a 200m time of 20.22 seconds.
- Atlanta 1996 – Women’s 400m hurdles: In 1996 Deon Hemmings became the first Jamaican woman to bring home an Olympic gold medal, and the first Jamaican to so at all in 20 years.
- Athen 2004: Veronica Campbell became the second Jamaican woman to win Olympic gold when she took the 200m title. She also anchored the women’s 4x100m team to victory.
- Beijing 2008: Then-unknown Shelly-Ann Fraser silenced critics and stunned the crowd when she led a historic Jamaican 1-2-2 sweep of the 100m. Jamaica went on the win five more gold medals, our best haul yet, and the world experienced the magic of Usain Bolt – three events, three gold medals, three world records.
- London 2012: Bolt and Fraser-Pryce again led the Jamaican charge as they defended their titles.
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