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jamaica

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Capital
Kingston

Population
2,669,000

Independence
1962
National sports hero
Merlene Ottey (100m/200m)

Watch out for
Gregory Haughton (400m)

The Jamaicans competed for the first time in 1934 and have attended a total of 12 Games.

They have won 66 medals, 26 of them gold and have an impressive record in sprinting.

They sent 87 athletes in 1998 and won four gold and two silver medals, all of them coming in women’s sprint events.

Did you know?
Jamaican sprinter Don Quarrie became the first male athlete to win six Commonwealth track gold medals when he triumphed in the 100m at the 1978 Games.

He won the same event in 1970 and 1974 and also took the 200m title on both occasions.

His other victory came in 4x100m relay in Edinburgh.

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