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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Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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