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This day in history August 5, 1948, Jamaica went 1-2 in the 400 m at the London Olympics.


Standing on the shoulders of giants


In recent times we have all been in awe of the athletic prowess of Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, but Jamaican athletes have had a long history of excellence in international athletic competitions. It could be said that Jamaica was off to a running start from their first Olympic appearance in 1948 when Arthur Wint won the 400M gold, and continued in the 1952 Helsinki Games with a 4X400M world record performance and a 400M Olympic record. Today's celebrated athletes are truly standing on the shoulders of the giants that preceded them.

Inspired by this previous success and fueled by a "can do" and "never say die" attitude, this small island nation has over the years won numerous medals at major international games. Following is a summary of Jamaica's accomplishments at a few major meets over the decades. Given our size and limited resources we have truly made significant strides, as we in Jamaica would say, "wi likkle but wi talawa".

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