Jamaica entered the Commonwealth in 1962 and have taken part in every Games since their debut in London in 1934 apart from 1930, 1938, 1950 and 1986.The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica has won medals every time they have taken part in the Commonwealth Games.
Situated south of Cuba and west of Haiti the island is synonymous for its track and field exploits with stars such as Don Quarrie, Merlene Ottey and in 2006 in Melbourne, Asafa Powell. Arriving in Australia as the then world record holder in the Mens 100 metres Powell did not disappoint the awaiting spectators and expectant media by winning gold. In Delhi in 2010 the Jamaicans took gold again in the same race.
In Delhi, triple jump gold medallist Trecia Smith became the second woman to win the prestigious David Dixon Award. This award is presented to the most outstanding athlete of the Games and is based on their performance, fair play and their overall contribution to their team's participation in the Games.
Jamaica's National Olympic Association (JOA) is responsible for their participation in the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. The JOA was formally recognised by the International Olympic Committee in 1936.
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Capital - Kingston
Population - 2,708,000
Time Zone - GMT -05:00
Language - English, Creole
Currency - Jamaican Dollar (J$)