6 Top Upcoming Jamaican Sprinters (Female)

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Jamaica dominates sprint events in athletics competitions. One of the reasons for that is the abundance of talent. The likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Elaine Thompson have been spearheading the country’s success. 

With age catching up, several other stars have already emerged, ready to fill in their shoes. These are some of the upcoming Jamaican sprinters you’ll hear about in the coming years.

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Alana Reid

Alana Reid was born on 20 January 2005 in Jamaica. She competes in the 60m, 100m and 200m events. She holds the junior record in the 100m after she clocked 10.92. This made her the fifth-fastest junior athlete. At the 2022 World U20 Championship, she ran 22.59 in the 200m and won a bronze medal. 

Reid has five gold medals:

  • One at the Pan American U20 Championship in the 100m

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Alexis James

At the 2022 World U20 Championships, Alexis James won a silver medal in the 100m hurdles. She also won gold with the 4 by 100m relay team in the same year. She’s also competed at the CARIFTA Games and ran a record of 13.06. Her personal best in the 100m and 100m hurdles is 11.44 and 12.87.

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Brianna Lyston

Brianna Lyston is another teenage sensation on the rise. At 13 years old, the sprinter broke the record in the U-13 Worlds after she finished the 200m in 23.72. In 2022, she became the fastest U20 sprinter in Jamaica after she clocked 22.53 in the Issa Boys and Girls Championships in Kingston. 

Lyston also broke Simon Facey’s class 1 record on 22.71. In 2022, she joined Louisianna State University and will compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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Kerrica Hill

Born in March 2005, Kerrica Hill already has an impressive medal collection. She’s won three gold medals in the World Championships, one gold and silver at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC). Kerrica competes in the 100m and 100m. Her personal best times are 11.16 and 12.75, respectively.

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Tia Clayton

6 Top Upcoming Jamaican Sprinters (Female)
Jamaican athlete Tia Clayton. Image Source: Jamaican Observer licensed under CC BY 2.0

At 19 years old, upcoming Jamaican sprinter Tia Clayton has already broken two records. She was part of the team at the U20 World Championships in 2021 that completed the 4 by 100m relay in 42.92. 

The following year, Tia also went into the record books again after the relay team finished the race in 42.59. She also competes in the 100m and 200m. Her personal best times in the two are 11.23 seconds and 23.41, respectively. 

Tina Clayton 

Tina is the twin sister of Tia. She was also part of the athletes at the U20 World Championship who finished the relay race in record time. Tina also competes in the 100m and 200m races. She clocked a record time of 10.95 in the 100m at the U20 World Championship in Nairobi. In the 200m, the fastest she’s run is 23.20.

These are upcoming Jamaica’s female sprinters you should expect to hear in the coming years. 

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