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Location  Central America and the Caribbean
Capital  Kingston
Area  10,991 sq km
Population  2,812,090
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  • Sprint superstar Usain Bolt of Jamaica was crowned Laureus Sportsman of the Year for a record equalling fourth time on 14 February 2017, matching the achievement of tennis stars Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

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  • Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle on 24 February 2015 scored the first double century in 50-over World Cup history, belting 215 runs against Zimbabwe.[1]

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  • Shammy Harare of Jamaica was named as the Commonwealth Caribbean Young Person of the Year 2016 for her initiatives with the Jamaica School for Social Entrepreneurship, a non-governmental organisation that promotes the development of social enterprises by young people.[2]

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  • Portia Simpson-Miller was the first ever female Prime Minister of Jamaica. She was the 7th Prime Minister of Jamaica from 30 March 2006 to 11 September 2007.[3]

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  • The United States President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to set foot in Jamaica since 1982 as he arrived in the country on 8 April 2015 aimed at improving regional cooperation.

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  • Jamaica ranked tenth at the 2016 Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index. The Index is based on an evaluation of media freedom that measures pluralism, media independence, the quality of the legal framework and the safety of journalists in 180 countries.[4]

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  • Jamaica ranked eighth at the 2017 Press Freedom Index, ranking freedom of the media in a country, compiled by Reporters Without Borders.

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  • Jamaican writer Alecia McKenzie was announced as the regional winner for Caribbean of the Commonwealth Book Prize on 21 May 2012 for her book Sweetheart.

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  • Aubrey Stewart from Jamaica, who supports and motivates young people to bring about positive changes to their lives and those of others, received a Queen’s Young Leaders award at a ceremony held at the Buckingham Palace, in London on 26 June 2018.[5]

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  • Abrahim Simmonds of Jamaica received the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award for helping young people develop skills using arts.

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  • Blue and John Crow Mountains in Jamaica was inscribed to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List on 3 July 2015. This is Jamaica’s first world heritage site.[6]

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  • Jamaican sprinters including superstar Usain Bolt won gold in the men’s 4x100m relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a Commonwealth Games record time of 37.58 seconds.[7]

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  • World’s fastest man, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won second consecutive Olympic 100m gold and broke his own Olympic record with a time of 9.63 sec on 5 August 2012 in London.[8]

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  • Jamaican sprinter Omar McLeod won gold in 110m hurdles at the 2017 IAAF World Championships.

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  • Usain Bolt became the first man to retain both Olympic sprint titles, 100m and 200m, as he won gold at the 200m sprint on 9 August 2012 in London.[9]

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  • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt regained his 100m world title on 11 August 2013, winning the final in 9.77 seconds at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.[10]
  • Jamaica's sprint relay team, anchored by Usain Bolt, won Olympic gold medal in the men's 4 x 100m race by smashing their own world record in 36.84 seconds.[11]

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  • Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women's 100m gold at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on 12 August 2013 with a blistering performance in 10.71 seconds.[12]

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  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m race titles by winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Usain Bolt, the incredible Jamaican sprinter also known as "Lightning Bolt", set a new 100m World record of 9.58 seconds at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on 16th August 2009. He broke his own record of 9.69 seconds.[13]

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  • Jamaican Usain Bolt won the men's 200m race to claim his second 2016 Rio Olympic gold and his eighth at an Olympics.

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  • Jamaica and China signed four agreements on 21 August 2013 on economic, education and technical co-operation between both governments.

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  • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt produced a stunning performance to win the 100m gold at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. It was Bolt's third 100m world title.[14]

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  • Jamaican novelist Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. Marlon is the first Jamaican author to win the prize in its 47-year history.

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  • Jamaica’s women’s national soccer team, the Reggae Girlz, was qualified for the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup on 18 October 2018 with a win against Panama. The Reggae Girlz became the first Caribbean team to qualify for the tournament.[15]

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  • Carole Crawford from Jamaica won the 1963 Miss World contest on November 7, 1963. Crawford was the first Jamaican to win the title. Her height of 1.59 m was a talking point as that was considered “short” by Miss World standards.[16]

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  • The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won a record-tying third Athlete of the Year award from the International Association of Athletics Federations on 12 November 2011.[17]

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  • Jamaican sprint duo Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were named the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2013.[18]

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  • Cindy Breakspeare from Jamaica was crowned Miss World 1976. She was the second Jamaican to win the title.[16]

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  • Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica was named male athlete of the year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a ceremony in Barcelona on 24 November 2012. Bolt became the first man to win the award four times.[19]

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  • Lisa Hanna from Jamaica was crowned 43rd Miss World on 27 November 1993. Lisa became the third Jamaican to win the title.[16]

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  • Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was named the male World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016.[20]

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  • Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson became the first black woman to win the 100m breaststroke at the world short-course championships on 6 December 2014 in Doha. Atkinson claimed the title with a world record time of 1min 02.36sec.

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  • Kingston of Jamaica was declared as the member of the 2015 UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Music category.[21]

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References


  1. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2015/content/story/837549.html
  2. http://thecommonwealth.org/media/press-release/cameroonian-named-commonwealth-young-person-year-2016
  3. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/11/06women_Portia-Simpson-Miller_MH76.html
  4. https://rsf.org/en/news/2016-world-press-freedom-index-leaders-paranoid-about-journalists
  5. https://www.queensyoungleaders.com/winners-2018/
  6. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1311/
  7. http://results.glasgow2014.com/event/athletics/atm401101/mens_4_x_100m_relay_final.html
  8. http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-100m/index.html
  9. http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-200m/index.html
  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/23658871
  11. http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-4x100m-relay/index.html
  12. http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships/14th-iaaf-world-championships-4873/news/report/women/100-metres/final
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named UBJWR2009
  14. http://www.iaafbeijing2015.com/15/0823/23/B1O8SU5500050FM1.html
  15. https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/news/jamaica-claim-first-ever-women-s-world-cup-berth
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 http://www.missworld.com/
  17. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/sports/bolt-is-athlete-of-the-year.html
  18. http://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/bolt-fraser-pryce-2013-world-athletes-of-the1
  19. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/24/us-athletics-iaaf-awards-idUSBRE8AN07220121124
  20. https://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/athletics-awards-athlete-year-2016-bolt-ayana
  21. http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/events/47-cities-join-unesco-creative-cities-network