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Last updated: 30 March, 2011 - Published 13:01 GMT
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Another Usain Bolt celebration


Few people from the Caribbean have had the worldwide impact that Usain Bolt has had.

The Jamaican athlete announced himself to a global audience with triple records at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He took gold medals in the 100m and 200m and the 4x100m men's relay.

The next year, he repeated the feat in the individual events at the Berlin World Athletics Championships - making him one of the most recognisable and best-loved sportsmen on the planet.


Dwight Yorke is one of the best known footballers to come from the Caribbean.

Dwight Yorke
Dwight Yorke had a distinguished playing career

The former Trinidad and Tobago international won the European Champions League with England's Manchester United in 1999.

He also won three successive Premiership titles with United and captained Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.


Sir Garfield Sobers is regarded as the greatest allrounder cricket the world has ever seen.

A National Hero of his native Barbados, Sir Garry was an exceptional batsman and bowler.

As a batsman, he set a record for Test matches by scoring 365 runs not out in a single innings in 1958, a record that stood until 1994.

He could bowl left-arm orthodox, wrist spin and fast-medium, and was a brilliant fielder in any position.


Merlene Ottey is the greatest woman athlete Jamaica has produced.

Merlene Ottey
Ottey switched to Slovenia late in her career

She is a three-time world champion and also won nine Olympic medals in seven Games for Jamaica.

The sprinter became a naturalised Slovenian in 2002 and continued to run competitively at the highest level into her 50s.


Brian Lara retired as the leading all-time run-scorer in West Indies cricket.

In his seventeen years as a batsman, the Trinidadian scored with 11,953 runs, with world records for the highest individual test score (501 not out) and highestTest score (400 not out).


Mike McCallum of Jamaica won world boxing titles in three weight classes - light middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight.

Jamaica's first world champion, he had a reputation as a great technician with a fierce body punch, which earned him the nickname "bodysnatcher".


Sir Vivian Richards had the distinction of being the only West Indies captain never to have lost a Test series.

Brian Lara and Vic Richards
Lara and Richards - two finest of their generation

He was voted one of the five greatest cricketers of the 20th century by Wisden.

Known as the Master Blaster, he was as one of the most feared and productive batsmen of all time.


Under the leadership of Sir Frank Worrell, the West Indies achieved world cricket supremacy in the early 1960s.

The first black man to be appointed (permanent) captain of the West Indies, he set the template for the modern West Indies by managing to get the best out of highly individualistic cricketers.

Sir Frank was a member of the famous "Three Ws" - the formidable middle order of Barbadians that included Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott.

Test series between Australia and the West Indies are played for the Frank Worrell Trophy in recogition of Sir Frank's standing as one of the game's great captains.


Jamaica made history when they became the first English speaking Caribbean nation to qualify for the World Cup football finals.

The Reggae Boyz, as the team was christened, played in the France 1998 finals to follow in the footsteps of Cuba and Haiti.


Trinidad and Tobago, known as the Soca Warriors, was the the smallest nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals when they played in Germany in 2006.

They narrowly lost out for qualification in 1990.


The greatest period of West Indies cricket came during the 1980s and early 1990s when they ruled the world.

Andy Roberts, Mike Holding, Colin Croft, Joel Garner
West indies supremacy was built on a four-pronged pace attack

It was a dominance built on an unbeatable combination of aggressive fast bowling and batting.

Fifteen years without a Test series defeat came to an end against Australia in 1995 - followed by years of heartbreak.


Tropical Jamaica made history when its bobsleigh team competed at the Calgary Winter Olympic Games in 1988.

The quartet of Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White and Samuel Clayton quickly won hearts and imaginations, managing to overwhelm expectations before spectacularly crashing out on their final run.

Far from being perceived as failures, the quartet returned to Jamaica as national heroes.

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