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Paul Foreman led a Jamaican one-two with Deryck Taylor in the long jump, Ernest Haisley won gold in high jump and Keith Gardner retained his 120yards hurdle title by setting a new commonwealth record of 14.0 seconds and won another gold in the 100yards.
For the 1960 Olympics, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados entered a joint team known as the British West Indies Federation (BWI).
These two men are regarded as the pioneers of Jamaican athletics.
In the 400 m final Mc Kenley ran out of steam in the last 100 m and Wint passed him to become Jamaica’s first Olympic Gold Medallist.
The 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were the first to be held in Jamaica and the first outside the "White Commonwealth".
Much to the disappointment of the Kingston crowd, Jamaica didn’t win any gold medals.
Together these four made up the gold medal winning 4x400 m relay team becoming the only team other than the Americans to hold a 4x400 m world record by running .9 in the final.
Marilyn Neufville won gold for Jamaica in the 400 m after switching to Jamaica from her adopted nation, Great Britain.3 years after the war in 1948, Jamaica made their first ever Olympic appearance at the London Olympics and surprised the world by winning 1 gold and two silvers.These medals were won by Arthur Wint and Herbert Mckenley and started a great sprinting tradition.A nineteen-year-old Donald Quarrie won two golds by winning the sprint double and led a one-two with Lennox Miller in the 100 m.The men’s 4x100 m team of Carl Lawson, Don Quarrie, Erroll Stewart and Lennox Miller also won gold.