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At the completion of the Rio Olympics Caribbean women continued to be featured prominently on the statistics table.

Merlene Ottey (JAM/SLO) remains the top medalist with nine medals (three silver, six bronze) along with Allyson Felix.

Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) moved up to eight (three gold, three silver, two bronze) with the silver she won in the 4x100m, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is now at six (two gold, three, one bronze) with her silver (4x100m) and bronze (100m). Ottey has competed in a record seven Olympic Games, the most finals and rounds. She continues to hold the title as the oldest medallist in any event when she anchored Jamaica’s 4x100m to silver in 2000 at 40 years 143 days. Ottey is also the oldest medallist and competitor in the 100m and 200m sprints.

Ottey and Fraser-Pryce head the medal winners in the women’s 100m with three each.

Campbell-Brown became the top medallist in the 4x100m, collecting her fourth while Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM) leads the way with four in the women’s 4x400m.

Pauline Davis-Thompson (BAH) remains the oldest champion in the 200m with her golden run in 2000 while Levern Eve (BAH) is the eldest competitor in the women’s javelin and Chandra Sturrup (BAH) in the women’s 4x100m. Davis-Thompson and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH) are second only to Ottey on the number of rounds contested (53 to 33).

Heather Gooding (BAR) is the youngest competitor ever in the women’s 4x400m at 17 years 173 days. That record is not likely to be around for a very long time as the IAAF has now instituted a lower age limit of 16 years for all athletes.

Most Medals
1st-NINE: Allyson Felix (USA)-six gold, three silver, Merlene Ottey (JAM)-three silver, six bronze
3rd EIGHT; Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)-three gold, three silver, two bronze
6th-SIX-Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pyrce-two golds, three silver, one bronze

Medal across three or more Games
Merlene Ottey (JAM/SLO)-1980, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000
Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)-2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM)-2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
Sherone Simpson (JAM)-2004, 2008, 2012
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)-1996, 2000, 2004

Most Games Contested
1st-SEVEN:Merlene Ottey (JAM/SLO)-1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004
Pauline Davis-Thompson (BAH)-1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000
Sandie Richards (JAM)-, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004
Jackie Edwards (BAH)-1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)-1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Chandra Sturrup (BAH)-1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)-2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016

Most Finals contested
1st-FOURTEEN-Merlene Ottey (JAM)
(Also qualified for the 1988 4x100m finals but did not compete due to injury)
2nd-TEN-Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)
5th-EIGHT-Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)
7th-SEVEN-Grace Jackson (JAM)
(Also qualified for the 1988 4x100m finals but did not compete due to injury to Ottey)
Juliet Cuthbert (JAM)
(Also qualified for the 1988 4x100m finals but did not compete due to injury to Ottey)

Most Rounds contested
1st-53-Merlene Ottey (JAM/SLO)
2nd-33-Pauline Davis Thompson (BAH)/Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)
7th-28-Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)
8th-26-Juliet Cuthbert (JAM)/Grace Jackson (JAM)/Chandra Sturrup (BAH)

Champion-women’s 200m-Pauline Davis Thompson (BAH)-34 years 81 days (2000)
Oldest medallist-Merlene Ottey (JAM) 40 years 143 days (2000)
Medallist-women’s 100m-Merlene Ottey (JAM) 40 years 136 days (2000)
Medallist-women’s 200m-Merlene Ottey (JAM) 36 years 83 days (1996)
Medalist-women’s 4x100m-Merlene Ottey (JAM) 40 years 143 days (2000)
Medallist-women’s 4x400m-Sandie Richards (JAM) 35 years 296 days (2004)
Finalist-women’s 100m-Merlene Ottey (JAM) 40 years 136 days (2000)
Finalist-women’s 200m-Merlene Ottey (JAM) 36 years 83 days (1996)
Finalist-women’s 4x100m-Merlene Ottey (JAM) 40 years 136 days (2000)
Competitor-women’s 100m-Merlene Ottey (JAM/SLO) 44 years 103 days (2004)
Competitor-women’s 200m-Merlene Ottey (JAM/SLO) 44 years 106 days (2004)
Competitor-women’s 3000m steeplechase-Korine Hinds (JAM) 36 years 199 days (2012)
Competitor-women’s javelin-Laverne Eve (BAH) 43 years 64 days (2012)
Competitor-women’s 4x100m-Chandra Sturrup (BAH)-40 years 332 days (2012)

Competitor-women’s 4x400m-Heather Gooding (BAR)-17 years 173 days (1972)

Most Medals-THREE-Merlene Ottey (JAM)-1984-3,1996-2, 2000-3,/Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)-2008-1, 2012-1, 2016-3
Most Finals-FOUR-Merlene Ottey (JAM)-1984-3, 1992-5, 1996-2, 2000-3
Most Appearances-SIX-Merlene Ottey (JAM/SLO)-1984-3, 1988-dns/s2, 1992-5, 1996-5, 2000-3, 2004-5s2
FIVE-Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)-1996-7s1, 2000-7, 2004-7, 2008-7, 2012-4h6
Juliet Cuthbert (JAM)-1984-8s2, 1988-7, 1992-2, 1996-5s2
Heather Samuel (ANT)-1992-5h4, 1996-7q1, 2000-4h5, 2004-6h6
Chandra Sturrup (BAH)-1996-4, 2000-5, 2004-7q1, 2008-5s1

Most Medals-FOUR-Merlene Ottey (JAM)-1980-3, 1984-3,1992-3, 1996-2
Most Finals-FIVE-Merlene Ottey (JAM)-1980-3, 1984-3, 1988-4, 1992-3, 1996-2
Grace Jackson (JAM)-1984, 1988, 1992
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)-2000, 20004, 2008
Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)-2004-1, 2008-1, 2012-4

Most Appearances-SIX-Merlene Ottey (JAM/SLO)-1980-3, 1984-3, 1988-4, 1992-3, 1996-2, 2004-dns/s1
Pauline Davis Thompson (BAH)-1984-8s2, 1988-7s1, 1992-6s1, 2000-1
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)-2000-4, 20004-3, 2008-7
Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)-2004-1, 2008-1, 2012-4, 2016-3h9

Most Appearances
Sanie Richards (JAM)-1988-5q2, 1992-7, 1996-7, 2000-5h2
Aliann Pompey (GUY)-2000-8q1, 2004-5h3, 2008-4s1, 2012-8s2
Ruth Simpson (JAM)-1972-6h4, 1976-8q3, 1980-7h5
Christine Amertil (JAM)-2000-5h1, 2004-7, 2008-4h2
Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM)-2000-3s3, 2008-3s2, 2012-5

Long jump
Most Appearances-FIVE-Jackie Edwards (BAH)-1992-20Q, 1996-14Q, 2000-6, 2004-13Q, 2008-nmQ

Triple jump
Most Finals-THREE-Trecia Smith (JAM)-2004-4, 2008-11, 2012-7

Shot put
Most Appearances-FIVE-Cleopatra Borel (TTO)-2004-9, 2008-14Q, 2012-12, 2016-7

Most Appearances-FIVE-Laverne Eve (BAH)-1988-16Q 1996-17Q, 2000-16Q, 2004-6, 2008-20Q

Most Medals-FOUR: Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 2000-2, 20004-1, 2012-2, 2016-2
Most Finals-SIX-Merlene Ottey (JAM)-1980-6, 1984-8, 1988-dns, 1992-dnf, 1996-3, 2000-2

FIVE-Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)-2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
THREE:-Chandra Sturrup (BAH)-1996-2, 2000-1, 2004-4, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)

Most Medals-FOUR-Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM)-2004-3, 2008-3, 2012-3, 2016-2
Most Finals-FIVE-Sandie Richards (JAM)-1988-5, 1992-5, 1996-4, 2000-2, 2004-3
FOUR-Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM)-2004-3, 2008-3, 2012-3, 2016-2
THREE-Cathy Rattray-Williams (JAM)-1984-5, 1998-5, 1992-5

Most Appearances-FIVE-Sandie Richards (JAM)-1988-5, 1992-5, 1996-4, 2000-2, 2004-3
FOUR-Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM)-2004-3, 2008-3, 2012-3, 2016-2
THREE-Cathy Rattray-Williams (JAM)-1984-5, 1998-5, 1992-5
THREE-Ruth Simpson (JAM)-1972-5h2, 1976-dq/h1, 1980-4h1

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Clayton Clarke is a freelance track and field journalist since 2005. He is a former athlete and an IAAF Level III coach (Sprints & Hurdles). He has been a writer with Track Alerts since its inception in 2009. He worked with several media houses (radio, tv, newspaper, website) in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Kitts Nevis and the Bahamas. The Tobago native has covered the Carifta Games since 2005, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 World Athletic Championships and numerous local and regional track and field events.. Though track and field is his passion and main interest, he has served as media liaison with numerous sporting bodies in T&T and in particular in Tobago, namely cycling, chess, football, beach soccer, taekwondo, rugby, swimming, tennis and beach volleyball.


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