The question in people’s minds today is; why Jamaica an island nation in the Caribbean Sea with about a population of 3 million people produce athletes that so handily trounce those from other rich and populated nations on earth?
There are many factors that have led to this according to research and one of them is that the system is good and the island has a very unique sporting culture. In Jamaica, sprinters are the national heroes or rather superstars other than footballers.
The other reason that researchers came up with is genetics. It said that the genes of Jamaicans enable a faster flow of oxygen to the muscles and their first twitch fiber muscles enable them in their elite sprinting.
The below athletes are crickets other track and field individuals, other footballers, and basketball players. Check out these genetically superior and also richest Jamaican athletes.
10. Veronica Campbell Brown – Track and Field – US$2 MILLION
Her name in the circles of athletics is synonymous with history. She was born in 1982 in rural Jamaica in the parish of Trelawany. Today she is a track and a field sprinter and someone who has made a name for his country and herself as well.
Some of Veronica Campbell’s achievements are; 2nd woman in history to win Olympic 200 m back to back after Barbell Wockel of Germany.
She is the first female track athlete in history to be named UNESCO champion for sport and one among the nine to lift medals for winning world championships at the youth, junior, and senior athletic events.
As if that not all in 2004 she wrote her name in history as the most successful Caribbean athlete ever at a single Olympic game by winning 100m bronze, 200-meter gold, and relay gold. She is an eight-time Olympic medalist and an eleven-time world championships medalist.
9. Yohan Blake – Track and Field – US$2.5 MILLION
Nicknamed as the ‘’the beast” this man’s meteoric rise has seen his name rise not just in Jamaica but at a global level.
Some of his achievements can be highlighted as he is an Olympic Games silver medalist, an Olympic gold medalist, a world record holder at 4*100m, and a world champion.