#Doha2019: 5 days to go — Five unexpected Caribbean champions

  • The third World Champs was held in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, between August 23 and September 1, 1991, and athletes from 167 countries participated in the event. East Germany and the Soviet Union were the mighty forces in the sprints then, but the world was about to be dumbstruck by the Jamaican quartet – Dahlia Duhaney, Juliet Cuthbert, Beverly McDonald and the great Merlene Ottey, who turned back the challenge of the Soviet Union and Germany to win in 41.94.
  • The ninth World Championships in Athletics were held from 23 August to 31 August 2003 in the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. Kim Collins (St Kitts and Nevis) shocked the world when he won the men’s 100m in 10.07. Darrel Brown of Trinidad and Tobago was second in 10.08
Kim Collins (Photo: independent.co.uk)
Kim Collins (Photo: independent.co.uk)
  • The 10th World Championships in Athletics were held in the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland (August 6 to 14, 2005), the site of the first IAAF World Championships in 1983. Jamaica was beginning to show signs that it would dominate track and field in the years ahead, and there were big hopes for Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, but is was Trecia Smith (JAM) that put on the performance of her life and stunned the world in winning the women’s triple jump in a world-leading 15.11m.
Trecia Smith
Trecia Smith (Photo: independent.co.uk)
  • The world was stunned, and the highlight was more what happened before the race, than the race itself. The 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics were held in Daegu, South Korea. It started on August 27, 2011, and finished on September 7, 2011. The world record holder and track and field megastar, Usain Bolt, false started in the men’s 100m finals and his teammate Yohan Blake (Jamaica) won his first World Championship title in 9.92. Kim Collins was also a surprise third in 10.09. The Caribbean got a champion, just not the one we were expecting.
  • The 15th edition of the IAAF World Championships was held from August 22 to 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. And while it had many surprises, including Kenya topping the medal table for the first time, it was Danielle Williams of Jamaica’s win in the women’s 100m hurdles that was most surprising for Caribbean track fans, most of whom never had her in their medal tally. Brianna Rollins of the United States entered the competition as the defending champion, and coming into the championship, the US had eight of the top 10 athletes in the world. Danielle came in under the radar and delivered big time on the world stage, beating a quality field to win in 12.57.
Danielle Williams
Danielle Williams