Top Five Female Jamaican Sprinters to Watch During the Olympic Track Events

Yahoo Contributor Network

Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell receive a ton of attention when it comes to the Olympic Games -- so much so that the female Jamaican sprinters are sometimes lost beneath the shadow and the stardom of their male counterparts.

The Jamaican Olympic doesn't just send highly-competitive male athletes though -- the small country is known for sending strong women sprinters to the Olympic Games, as well. It should come as no surprise that the 2012 Olympic Games will be no different. Here's a quick look at some of the top female medal contenders among the Jamaican sprinters.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 100-meter: Fraser-Pryce is the defending Olympic champion in the 100-meter, and she'll be looking to lead the pack again in London. The 25-year-old is back on the track after serving a six-month ban in 2010 for a positive drug test, and she's come out strong this year with a world-leading time of 10.70.

Kerron Stewart, 100-meter

: Twenty-eight-year-old Stewart is part of the Jamaican contingent that swept the 100-meter medal podium at the 2008 Olympic Games. There, Stewart earned silver. She's run a personal best of 10.75, and she'll be looking to help Jamaica again sweep the podium at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, 200-meter: Thirty-year-old Campbell-Brown is the two-time defending Olympic champion in the 200-meter event, and she topped the medal stand at the 2011 World Championships, as well. In fact, Campbell-Brown became just the second woman in history to win back-to-back 200-meter titles, according to her website. She's looking to win the 200-meter again in London. Campbell-Brown also will run the 100-meter.

Novlene Williams-Mills, 400-meter: Williams-Mills has competed in two Olympic Games and won two Olympic medals. Both of those medals (silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008) came in the 4x400-meter relay. In London the Jamaican will be looking to pick up her first ever individual medal, and she's got a good chance at accomplishing her goal.

Melaine Walker, 400-meter hurdles: Walker is the defending Olympic champion in the 400-meter hurdles. The 29-year-old also won the event at the 2009 World Championships, but finished second behind American Lashinda Demus at the 2011 World Championships. Walker will be a strong medal contender in the 400-meter hurdles when the event begins on Aug. 5.

Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46

View Comments