What’s Right With Jamaica? 18 Guinness World Records

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 most books donated to charity in seven days is 657,061, achieved from May 1 to 8, 2010 by the Rotary Clubs of Jamaica.
2. Smallest bird egg: Hummingbird

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).

Bob Marley, lead singer for Bob Marley & The Wailers and the name behind Jamaica’s worldwide reggae explosion

3. Most successful reggae artiste in the US: Bob Marley & The Wailers

On 20 February 2010, the album In Dub Vol.1 gave Bob Marley & The Wailers (Jamaica) their 35th entry and 12th No.1 on the US Reggae Albums chart. Legend – The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers, with sales of over 10 million in the US alone, is the biggest-selling reggae album of all-time.


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.


Steve Bucknor, umpire, with the record for the most Test match officiations

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.

Chris Gayle, who holds six world records in cricket.

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

Four batsmen in the history of Test match cricket have scored two innings of more than 300 runs, Sir Don Bradman (Australia) in 52 matches, 1928-48; Brian Lara (Trinidad and Tobago) playing for the West Indies, 1990-2005; Virender Sehwag (India) in 2001-08; and Chris Gayle (Jamaica) playing for the West Indies, 2000-10.


13. Fastest run 200m (female, indoors): Merlene Ottey

Ottey ran a blistering time of 21.87s  in Liévin, France, on February 13, 1993.

Merlene Ottey

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.

Usain Bolt

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

With a time of 9.58 seconds, Usain Bolt (Jamaica) set the new world record for the men’s 100m in Berlin, Germany, on August 16, 2009.
Source: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/

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 digjamaica@gmail.com.