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Last updated: 07 August, 2008 - Published 11:54 GMT
 
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Three countries represented the West Indies Federation at the 1960 Games
There was one occasion when a joint Caribbean team competed in the Olympics.

That was in 1960 when Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago entered a joint team known as the British West Indies Federation (BWI).

The team won two bronzes for the 800m and the men's 4 x 400m relay.

With the formation of the West Indies Federation in 1958, The West Indian Olympic Association was established.

The dominant members of this body were Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, whose athletes formed the nucleus of the two West Indies teams that participated in international Olympic competition.

The West Indies Olympic Association then participated in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

Barbados’ representatives were James Wedderburn – Track & Field and Grantley Sobers – Weightlifting.

Jim Wedderburn became the first Barbadian athlete to gain an Olympic Medal as a member of the West Indies 4 x 400 Relay Team at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

The full team comprised George Ezekiel Kerr, Malcolm A E Spence and Keith Alvin Saint Gardner (Jamaica) and Jim Wedderburn (Barbados).

Together, they won the Bronze medal in the men’s 4 x 400 relay.

Kerr also won an individual Bronze medal in the Men’s 800m.

 
 
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