Jamaica’s Top-25 Sporting Moments of the past 25 years

By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published March 14, 2018 in the Jamaica Observer’s 25th Anniversary Supplement

A chronological look at the top-25 sporting achievements during the 25 years of the Jamaica Observer.

Asafa Powell wins Olympic gold for Jamaica in men’s 4x100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
(Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Jamaican athletes have been outstanding performers across multiple sporting disciplines, including cricket, track and field, boxing, netball, football and swimming. Choosing Jamaica’s top-25 Sporting Moments of the past 25 years is no easy feat and ranking the top-25 moments is an even more impossible task. Henceforth, picking the easier of the two assignments, let’s have a look at Jamaica’s top-25 sporting moments — in chronological order — over the 25-year existence of the Jamaica Observer. Continue reading

Eight Non-Jamaicans (Foreigners) that wowed us in Rio

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published on August 28, 2016

Several athletes returned astonishing performances at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Here are a few of the memorable ones.

South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk takes the lead in the men’s 400-metre final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo credit: AP Photo/David Goldman

Indisputably, Jamaicans were the toast of the 2016 Olympics with Usain St. Leo Bolt and Elaine Thompson being dubbed respectively ‘the fastest man and woman in the world’. Bolt’s triple-triple, as many have called it, was the expectation before the Games and he did not disappoint. Similarly, Elaine’s double in the 100m and 200m, as forecasted, has propelled her to superstar status. Nonetheless, several non-Jamaicans had otherworldly performances at the Olympics that gave the fans goosebumps. Continue reading

Refugee Olympic athletes restore hope in humanity

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published August 6, 2016
Republished August 7, 2016, in the Jamaica Observer

10 refugees, from war-ravaged parts of the world, will compete together on one team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Their stories of triumph offer hope to 65 million worldwide.

Rose Lokonyen carries the Olympic flag and leads the Refugee Olympic Team during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio. © UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

A proud Rose Lokonyen, carrying the flag, leads the other members of the Refugee Olympic Team at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics.
© UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

On Friday night, during the opening ceremony of the Olympics, ten athletes walked out with the Olympic anthem playing in the background, to the joy, tears, and dreams of 65 million refugees displaced across the world. Continue reading

Jamaican women who are likely to win medals in Rio

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Originally aired July 23, 2016, via Zaheer’s Zone on Sports Nation Live
Published July 31, 2016, in the Jamaica Observer
Republished August 8, 2016


34 Jamaican women will participate in the 2016 Olympics in Athletics, Swimming and Gymnastics. Who are the likely candidates to take home Olympic medals?


Jamaican-born Merlene Ottey (centre) is the most decorated woman to compete in the Olympics. She has won 9 Olympic medals which include 3 silver and 6 bronze medals.

The Olympics are less than two weeks away and unsurprisingly, experts, on the streets and in the studios, are predicting the medal hauls for their respective countries. Of interest to many locally are Jamaica’s medal prospects at Rio. Thirty-four women will be representing Jamaica in Swimming, Athletics, and Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In reality, only a small fraction of the number of the Jamaican female athletes in Rio will return as Olympics medallists. Truthfully, the expectation is that the Jamaican women will snatch approximately six to seven medals. Therefore, who are the Jamaican women likely to medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and in which events? Continue reading

Six Foreigners to watch out for at the 2016 Rio Olympics

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published July 27, 2016, in the Jamaica Observer

Here are a few young non-Jamaican Olympians (foreigners) that are expected to produce jaw-dropping performances during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Michael Phelps reacts after booking his place on the U.S. swimming team for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Michael Phelps reacts after booking his place on the U.S. swimming team for the 2016 Olympic Games, his fifth.
(Photo credit: Tom Pennington/Getty North America/Getty Images)

The 2016 Olympics will see the world’s best athletes converge on the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to compete in 306 events over 42 disciplines in 28 sports. Legends such as Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps are expected to add to their already legendary careers. From a Jamaican standpoint, several of the new and upcoming athletes are expected to do well. However, during the 2016 Olympics, several up-and-coming non-Jamaican athletes are expected to perform exceptionally well, scaling new heights of athletic achievement. Continue reading