Bob Marley might be the best-known person associated with Jamaica, but he isn’t the only ‘big name’ to have come from the Caribbean island. Jamaica has a rich history of achievement in sports, great music and beautiful people who have reached the top of their fields to become world famous. Here are five famous Jamaicans.
Perhaps the most famous living Jamaican is Olympic and World Champion sprinter, Usain Bolt. Bolt shot to fame in 2008 when he broke the 100-meter world record in New York City, with a time of 9.72 seconds, which at the time was held by his countryman, Asafa Powell. Later that year, Bolt competed in the Beijing Olympics where he broke his own 100 meter record with a stunning time of 9.69 seconds to win the gold medal.
He also ran in the 200 meter race, again winning gold while breaking Michael Johnson’s world record – which had stood since 1996 – with a time of 19.30. Bolt won triple gold in the Olympics when he ran the third leg in Jamaica’s winning 100-meter relay team. Amazingly, the team recorded the fastest time ever in the event, to make it three world records for Bolt.
Shortly after these successes, Bolt donated $50,000 to children who were injured in the earthquake in the Sichuan province of China. He later broke his own record for the 100 meter race to win the World Championship in Berlin. At just 24 years old, Bolt is already a phenomenon who has revolutionized his sport and could go on to dominate for another decade.