Thirteen years ago, Jamaica’s women created history at the Beijing Games in China as the trio of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart finished 1-2-2 in the final of the 100 metres for gold, silver and silver.
The photo finish camera could not separate Simpson and Stewart, and both were presented with silver medals as Fraser-Pryce pocketed the gold medal winning in 10.78 seconds. Simpson and Stewart clocked 10.98.
In approximately two weeks, on Saturday, July 31 at 7:50 a.m. Jamaican time, it will be time for the final of the women’s Blue Riband event at the Tokyo Olympics and Jamaicans all over will be hoping for another sweep of the medals, and based on form going into Tokyo, this is a possibility with Fraser-Pryce again expected to lead this cast.
Reigning world champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle are among the athletes selected for Jamaica’s team for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Fraser-Pryce claimed 100m titles at both the 2008 and 2012 Games and has been named for the 100m and 200m in Tokyo, where she will be joined by Elaine Thompson-Herah, who defends the titles she won in Rio, and 2016 Olympic 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson in both events.
London 2012 Olympic 100m and 200m silver medallist Yohan Blake is also set to double up, with Oblique Sevill and Tyquendo Tracey selected alongside him for the 100m, and Rasheed Dwyer and Julian Forte named for the 200m.
Gayle goes in the long jump, where he will look to add another major medal to his 2019 world title, while world medallists Shanieka Rickett...