The question in peoples mind today is; why Jamaica an island nation in Caribbean Sea of about a population of 3 million people produce athletes that so handily trounce those from other rich and populated nations on earth?
There are many factors that have led to this according to research and one of them is that the system is good and the island has a very unique sporting culture. In Jamaica sprinters are the national heroes or rather superstars other than footballers. The other reason that researchers came up with is genetics. Its said that genes of Jamaicans enable a faster flow of oxygen to the muscles and their first twitch fiber muscles enable them in their elite sprinting.
These below athletes are crickets others track and field individuals, other footballers and basketballers. Check out highest paid and also richest Jamaican athletes 2018.
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- 10. Veronica Campbell Brown – Track and Field – US$2 MILLION
- 9. Yohan Blake – Track and Field – US$2.5 MILLION
- 8. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (Track and Field) $4
- 7. Patrick Chung (NFL) – US$4 MILLION
- 6. Nesta Carter – Track and Field – US$5 MILLION
- 5. Asafa Powell – Track and Field – US$6.5 MILLION
- 4. Chris Gayle – Cricket -US$15 MILLION
- 3. Usain Bolt – Track and Field – US$30 MILLION
- 2. Raheem Sterling – Premier League Football – US$53 MILLION
- 1. Patrick Ewing – NBA – US$85 MILLION
10. Veronica Campbell Brown – Track and Field – US$2 MILLION
Her name in the circles of athletics is synonymous with history. She was born in 1982 in the rural Jamaica in the parish of Trelawany. Today she is a track and a field sprinter and someone who has made a name for his country and herself as well. Some of the veronica Campbell achievements are; 2nd woman in history to win Olympic 200 m back to back after Barbell Wockel of Germany. She is the first female track athlete in history to be named UNESCO champion for sport and one among the nine to lift medals for winning world championships at the youth, junior, and senior athletic events. As if that not all in 2004 she wrote her name in history as the most successful Caribbean athlete ever at a single Olympic game buy winning 100m bronze, 200 meter gold and relay gold. She is an eight time Olympic medallist, and an eleven time world championships medallist.
9. Yohan Blake – Track and Field – US$2.5 MILLION
Nicknamed as the ‘’the beast” this man meteoric rise has seen his name rise not just in Jamaica but at a global level. Although he was an aspiring cricketer he ended up being one of the Jamaicans fastest men in history. Born in 199 he is a Jamaican sprinter of 100m and 200 meter sprint races. This man is the second fastest ever in both 100m and 200 m a record he wrote at the end of 2012 season after his team mate Usain Bolt. Some of her achievements can be highlighted as he is an Olympic Games silver medallist, an Olympic gold medallist, world record holder at 4*100m and a world champion.
8. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (Track and Field) $4
Sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was born in 1989 in Kingston Jamaica and today she is she is one of the world’s best sprinter and in addition she is an Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meter. Not many people knew her before year 2008 but she rose to fame in the 2008 Olympic games when she became the first Caribbean woman to win 100m gold at the Olympics and as if that not all she defended her legacy in 2012 by winning the 100 m title which made her become the third woman in history to win back to back 100 m events at the Olympics. Fraser-Pryce is one woman who we can has a tracks of successful records for herself. To certify this claim when she won 100m gold medal in 2009 at IAAF World Championships she became the second female sprinter to grasp both the Olympic and world m titles concurrently, and she is the only one to have ever hold both titles on two separate occasions. She is also the only female not just in Jamaica but at the global level to have ever been crowned world champion over 100m three times in 2015, 2013 and 2009. And that’s not all since she holds many more world records.
7. Patrick Chung (NFL) – US$4 MILLION
Chung was born in Jamaica in 1987 by Sophia George-Chung was a famous Jamaican reggae in 1980s. Chung started his NFL career back in college at the university of Oregon where he won many all American accolades and all pacific 10 conference honourable mention honours. His professional career started with him being drafted by New England Patriots in 2009 NFL draft and made a name for himself during a game with Cincinnati Bengals where he made 16tackles. He later moved to Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 but dint make it to stay as he suffered a poor play and injuries and he went back New England Patriots as a strong safety a contract he has with the patriots until 2018 season.
6. Nesta Carter – Track and Field – US$5 MILLION
Born in 1985 in the tiny island of Jamaica Nesta carter is among the new generation of Jamaican sprinters who can be categorised as world class sprinters. He has specialised in 100m, 200m events and made a name in 4*100 relay team. He is popularly known as the 4* good luck mascot because he is regarded as its back bone. Today he is the sixth fastest man in the world and he is the fifth man in the world to run 100m in less than 9.8 seconds. It’s through his exemplified determination, consistency and patience that saw him set successive world records, win golds silvers and bronze medals. Although he is the reason the 4*100 meters relay team winners of 2008 were stripped of their gold medals for testing for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine he a true Jamaican ambassador and a jewel of Jamaica.
5. Asafa Powell – Track and Field – US$6.5 MILLION
Truly he is the legend who started it all in terms of he is the force behind Jamaica dominance in the international sprinting. He is the man who has raised the bar for Jamaican sprinting by being the only man who has broken the record of ten second barrier many times than anyone else in history which now stands at 97.Today he holds the record of being the fifth fastest man in history .He has won many accolades among them golds in Olympic, common wealth games, world championships IAFF among others.
4. Chris Gayle – Cricket -US$15 MILLION
He is a cricket player for the West Indies. Born in 1979 Kingston Jamaica he is popularly known as big hitter since time and again hit sixes. Chris is one of the greatest batsmen in limited overs cricket who has set numerous records for his prowess. Today Chris holds the record of being among the only four players in history to have scored two triple centuries at test level, he has also joined the other four players in history who have ever scored a double century in ODIS and in addition he is the first batsman to ever score a double century in world cup history. He is usually a player for the Jamaican cricket team, and also represented other teams such as western warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sydney thunder among many others.
3. Usain Bolt – Track and Field – US$30 MILLION
We all know the world fastest man and also widely recognised as the greatest sprinter of all time. He was born in Jamaica in 1986 and as of today his track record speaks for itself if we were to measure his success. Lightning Usain Bolt as many refer him is a champion when it comes to 100m, 200m, and 4*100m relay. He has an 8 time Olympic gold medallists, an eleven time world champion, among many others. Some of the awards Bolt has received such as Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, IAAF World Athlete of the Year and Track & Field Athlete of the Year, speak nothing short of his legend success.
2. Raheem Sterling – Premier League Football – US$53 MILLION
The Manchester city winger who was voted the player of the week on February 2017 was born in Jamaica 1994 and then moved to England when he was just 5 years old. Today he is not a Jamaican national but his roots can be traced to Jamaica that’s why he is on this list. He started his career at Queens Park Rangers before moving to Liverpool. In 2015 he was the most valuable young player with an estimated value of €49 million. Today he plays for the England national team and Manchester city club.
1. Patrick Ewing – NBA – US$85 MILLION
Born in 1962 this retired hall of fame (us, Springfield, Massachusetts) basketball player is one of the greatest legends in basketball no wonder many refer to him as the “Warrior”. He went to the books of history as one of the finest shooting centers to play and retired as one of the best and a leader to New York Knicks’ in almost every category. He was also a player at Seattle Supersonics and Orlando Magic although most of his career is with New York Knicks. Among the accolades he has are 16th greatest college player of all time and 50th great player in the NBA history. Today he is the associate coach of Charlotte Hornets.
The above list is a true reflection of what success can do for you and what a hobby can make you be. If you have the gift of sports in you exploit it and nature it since you never know what it can turn you to be some day.