Triple Gold medalists from the last IAAF World Championships, Usain Bolt and Double Olympic Sprint Champion Elaine Thompson head the 56-member contingent named by the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) to represent Jamaica at the 16th edition of the IAAF World Championship to be staged in London, England from August 4-13.
Most of the team would have already ‘selected’ themselves by virtue of performances at the Jamaica ‘Trials’ or as wildcards. There were no real surprise selections or omissions. Team Jamaica will be represented in 12 events by the women while the Jamaican men will showcase the Black, Green and Gold across a similar number of disciplines. Jamaica has wild-card entries in the 100m Hurdles, 100m for women and men and the women’s 400m.
Team Jamaica will be aiming to match or overhaul the 12 medals won at the 2015 Beijing World Championships or perhaps even surpass the record of 13 medals mined at the 2009 Berlin World Championships.
The members of the men’s team which includes 13 debutants are:
Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Julian Forte, Senoj-Jay Givans, Michael Campbell, Tyquendo Tracey, Rasheed Dwyer, Warren Weir, Omar McLeod, Ronald Levy, Hansle Parchment, O’Dayne Richards, Kemoy Campbell, Damar Forbes, Ramone Bailey, Fedrick Dacres, Travis Smikle, Nathon Allen, Demish Gaye, Steven Gayle, Rusheen McDonald, Peter Matthews, Jamari Rose, Jaheel Hyde, Kemar Mowatt, Ricardo Cunningham and Clive Pullen.
Michael Campbell, Givans, Levy, Bailey, Pullen, Smikle, Allen, Gaye, Gayle, Rose, Hyde, Mowatt and Cunningham will be making their first appearance at the IAAF World Championships.
Eleven time Gold medalist Bolt will be participating in his 7th IAAF World Championships. Blake, the youngest World Champion over 100m will be making only his 2nd appearance after missing out in 2013 and 2015 due to injuries.
The 29 ladies named to represent Jamaica are:
Elaine Thompson, Simone Facey, Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison, Sashalee Forbes, Christania Williams, Jodean Williams, Novlene Williams-Mills, Shericka Jackson, Chrisann Gordon, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anastasia Le-Roy, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Aisha Praught, Kellion Knibb, Tarasue Barnett, Shadae Lawrence, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, Kimberly Williams, Shanieka Thomas-Ricketts, Danielle Williams, Yanique Thompson, Megan Simmonds, Rushelle Burton, Natoya Goule, Jazmine Fray, Rhonda Whyte, Ristananna Tracey and Leah Nugent.
Forbes, Yanique Thompson, Jodean Williams, Christania Williams, Nugent, Burton, Simmonds, Fray, Knibb, Barnett, Lawrence and Whyte will be making their IAAF World Championship debut. The ever-green 35 year old Williams-Mills will be competing in her 7th IAAF World Championships and has amassed six medals.
Bolt, Dwyer, Thompson, Parchment, Morrison, Richards, Jackson, Gordon, Le-Roy, Williams-Mills, McPherson and Danielle Williams will have fond memories of the last world championships, having won individual and/or relay medals.