On This Day In Jamaica Sports History: February 24th
On this day in Jamaica sports history, February 24th, there were several memorable moments that have left an indelible mark on the island’s sporting landscape. From track and field to football, Jamaican athletes and teams have made their mark on the world stage, showcasing their exceptional talent and resilience.
In this article, we take a look back at some of the most significant events in Jamaica sports history that occurred on February 24th.
2002: Jamaican Footballers Shine in English Premier League
On February 24th, 2002, Jamaican footballers Ricardo Fuller and Darren Moore were the stars of the show in the English Premier League. Playing for their club, Port Vale, in a game against Wimbledon, Fuller scored a brace to help secure a 3-1 victory, while Moore was solid in defense, keeping Wimbledon’s attackers at bay.
Fuller went on to become a fan favorite in the English Premier League, playing for clubs like Southampton, Stoke City, and Blackpool. He also had a successful international career, representing Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup and scoring 10 goals in 39 appearances for the Reggae Boyz.
Moore, on the other hand, went on to play for clubs like West Bromwich Albion and Derby County, earning himself a reputation as a tough-tackling center-back. He also represented Jamaica at the international level, earning 14 caps for the Reggae Boyz.
2004: Jamaica Wins Gold in 4x400m Relay at World Indoor Championships
On February 24th, 2004, the Jamaican 4x400m relay team made history by winning the gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The team, comprised of Michael Blackwood, Sanjay Ayre, Brandon Simpson, and Davian Clarke, ran a time of 3:06.89 to claim victory.
This was Jamaica’s first-ever gold medal in the 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championships, and it marked a significant moment in the island’s track and field history. The team’s victory also served as a precursor to the success that Jamaican athletes would go on to achieve in the coming years, particularly in the sprint events.
2012: Jamaica Wins Bronze in Men’s Bobsleigh at Winter Youth Olympics
On February 24th, 2012, the Jamaican men’s bobsleigh team made history by winning the bronze medal at the Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. The team, comprised of pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, brakeman Wayne Blackwood, and pushers Tjay Devereaux and Oshane Thomas, finished with a combined time of 1:49.87.
This was Jamaica’s first-ever medal in the Winter Olympics, and it showcased the island’s ability to compete at the highest levels of winter sports. The team’s success also helped to raise the profile of bobsleigh in Jamaica, inspiring a new generation of athletes to take up the sport.
2019: Jamaican Sprinters Dominate at Millrose Games
On February 24th, 2019, Jamaican sprinters dominated at the Millrose Games in New York City, with multiple athletes setting personal bests and breaking records. Akeem Bloomfield won the men’s 400m in a time of 45.94 seconds, while Natoya Goule won the women’s 800m in a time of 2:01.26.
Jonielle Smith and Elaine Thompson also had impressive showings in the women’s 60m, with Smith finishing second and Thompson finishing third.