Kenia Sinclair

A special Jamaican is celebrating her birthday today, 14 July. She is Jamaica’s middle-distance queen.

She is Kenia Sinclair. The 40-year-old, who won Jamaica’s only female global 800m medal, is now retired. In June 2005, she broke Inez Turner’s 10-year-old record to become the 5th Jamaican to run sub-2-minutes.

Two months later, Sinclair again lowered the mark to 1.58.88.

In 2006, the former St. Jago star, won silver at the World Indoor Championships, a first in the event for Jamaica. The time, 1:59.54s, was at the time a Jamaican record.

Less than two weeks after, Sinclair pocketed another silver medal, this time at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. Again, the winning time, 1:58.16 was a Jamaican record.

Later in the year, Kenia went on to lower the record again to 1:57.88 at a meeting in Réthimno

She also won silver medals at the Central American and Caribbean Championships and Continental Cup.

Her personal best remains at 1:57.88 outdoor and 1:59.54.

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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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