Global Sports Brand PUMA continues their commitment with up and coming athletes, and its mission to be the fastest sports brand in the world by signing seven Jamaican athletes to represent them in the upcoming World Championships in London.

Shericka Jackson, Christania Williams, Julian Forte, Megan Simmonds, Janieve Russell, O’Dayne Richards, and Rusheen McDonald have all inked deals.

They all have a strong possibility to make the podium in London and increase PUMA’s footprint in Jamaican athletics, which includes none other than Usain Bolt.

The newest members of PUMA’s exciting portfolio of athletes are:

Shericka Jackson, the 21-year-old 400m runner won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with a personal best of 49.83 seconds, also during the 2015 IAAF World Championships she took home a bronze medal. As part of the Jamaican 4x400m relay team Shericka helped win the world title in 2015 and silver medal in Rio.

Christania Williams, is a 22 years old who competed in the 100m final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and also a member of the 4x100m relay team which won the silver medal.

Megan Simmond, the 22-year-old 100m hurdler was the 2016 Jamaican national champion and represented Jamaica during the latest Olympic Games.

Janieve Russell, at 23 years old, she has already made her mark in the 400m hurdles and the best is still to come. Janieve was a finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2015 World Championships in Beijing. She is also a former World Junior Champion.

Rusheen McDonald, the 400m Jamaican national record holder with a personal best of an impressive 43.93 seconds. He was part of the medal winning relay teams at the last two World Championships.

Julian Forte broke the 20 second barrier for the first time in 2016 when he won the 200m at the prestigious Brussels Diamond League meet. At only 23 years of age, great things are to be expected in the near future.

O’Dayne Richards is a bronze medalist who competed in the shot put at the last 2015 World Championships and finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic. He also won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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