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.