Jamaica made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1948 and has competed ever since with the exception of 1960 where it competed as the British West Indies with other Caribbean nations. The nation sends a medium sized delegation of around 3-5 dozen athletes since 1984. The overwhelming majority of the Jamaican team competes in athletics, but other sports commonly seen throughout its history are boxing, cycling and swimming.

Jamaica has won at least one medal in most Olympics with the exceptions being in 1956 and 1964. In total they have won 77 medals with all, but one coming in athletics, the other was in cycling. Jamaica’s most successful athlete in terms of number of medals was sprinter Merlene Ottey whom won three silver and six bronze medals between 1980 and 2000 in the women’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. The most successful athlete in terms of gold medals is Usain Bolt whom won eight gold medals in the men’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay across three Olympics (2008-2016). In 2016 Jamaica won 11 medals.

Qualified Quotas


Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 100m Yohan Blake
Waseem Williams
Men’s 200m Andre Ewers
Men’s 110m Hurdles Omar McLeod
Men’s Long Jump Tajay Gayle
Men’s Discus Throw Fedrick Dacres
Traves Smikle

Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 100m Over 3 Eligible Athletes
Women’s 200m Elaine Thompson
Janeek Brown
Women’s 400m Chrisann Gordon
Shericka Jackson
Women’s 5000m Aisha Praught-Leer
Women’s 100m Hurdles Janeek Brown
Danielle Williams
Jeanine Williams
Women’s 400m Hurdles Nikita Tracey
Janieve Russell
Ronda Whyte
Women’s Long Jump Tissanna Hickling
Women’s Triple Jump Shanieka Ricketts
Kimberly Williams
Women’s Shot Put Danniel Thomas-Dodd
Women’s Discus Throw Shadae Lawrence