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Sherone Simpson

Born August 12, 1984 in the great parish of Manchester, Sherone Simpson is truly a Jamaican success story. After graduating from Manchester High School, Sherone enrolled at the University of Technology (UTech) to major in Hotel Tourism and Management. Before joining MVP Track Club, Sherone was a fourth string athlete among Jamaica’s junior sprinters but had a breakout year after joining the Stephen Francis club.

Simpson, ran 12.54 in 2000, but entered MVP/UTech as an 11.37 athlete in 2004, and raced up the ranks of Jamaica’s sprinting. In six years, she moved from ‘nowhere’ to become Jamaica’s second fastest woman, improving by 1.72 seconds to a career best of 10.82 seconds, second only to the Great Merlene Ottey (10.74).

Simpson made a name for herself at the 2002 World Junior Championships after giving Jamaica a tremendous start in the women’s 4x100m relay.

In 2003, her final year as a junior, she finished second at the Pan American Junior Championships in Barbados and helped her team to silver in the sprint relay.

In 2004, Paul Francis, brother of Stephen, recruited Simpson at UTech. The first sign of greatness came in the Dominican Republic when she won the 100m event at the Felix Sanchez Invitational in 11.01 seconds, weeks after running 11.2 at the Gibson Relays in Kingston.

While at Manchester High, Simpson never won an individual race at the National High School Championships. Despite being a part of the team that won the Class Four (Under-13) sprint relay in 1997.

Simpson later went on to earn a spot on Jamaica’s 2004 Olympic team with a second place finish at the National Championships. Though she failed to break the 11 seconds barrier in 2004, she went on to make the final and finish sixth at the Athens Olympic in 11.09 seconds.

She is the only Jamaican athlete who was a member of both the Junior and Senior National sprint relay record quartets. At the 2002 World Juniors, she teamed up with Kerron Stewart, Anneisha McLaughlin and Simone Facey to set a new age record of 43.40. In 2004 at the Athens Olympics, she formed alliance with Tayna Lawrence, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell for the senior record of 41.73. On both occasions, Jamaica triumphantly won its first sprint relay gold medal.

Simpson is also the youngest Jamaican Olympic gold medalist and the youngest Jamaican woman in an Olympic 100m Final.

In 2005, she broke the 11 seconds barrier once, running 10.97 for second behind Veronica Campbell at the National Championships, and again had to settle for sixth at the World Championships. She did however help Jamaica to second a second-place finish in the sprint relay.

After reaching the finals at the 2004 Olympics and the 2005 World Championships, Simpson by far enjoyed her best season in 2006. Not just because she defeated Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell twice (the first time came when she won the Commonwealth title); not just because she beat Sydney triple gold medalist Marion Jones—twice and World 200m champion Allyson Felix; but because she broke a few barriers.

She had confirmed her class, first with the Commonwealth Games 200m title, then with the national sprint double titles. It was at the National Championships in June that Simpson ran 10.82 seconds, the fastest in the world since Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova’s 10.77 performance in 2004. This resulted in her being ranked as the joint 12th fastest woman, ever.

In the 200m, Simpson twice clocked a personal best of 22.00 during the 2006 season, once in Stockholm, Sweden and once at home in Kingston, Jamaica. Simpson at that time slashed her previous best of 22.54, an achievement that placed her fourth on the Jamaican all-time list behind Merlene Ottey (21.64), Grace Jackson (21.72), and Juliet Cuthbert (21.75).

List of Athletic Achievements to Date

Yearly Progression

Year

2000
2001
2002 
2003
2004
2005 
2006

Time

2000 12.54
2001 12.17 / 25.01
2002 11.60 / 24.21
2003 11.37 / 23.60
2004 11.01 / 22.70
2005 10.97 / 22.54
2006 10.82 / 22.00

Personal Best

Event

10.82
22.00

Time

10.82
22.00

Career Highlights

Event

2002 World Junior Championships 
2003 Pan American Championships
2004 Olympic Games 
2004 Olympic Games 
2005 World Championships;
2006 Commonwealth Games 
2006 National Championships 
2006 World Athletics Final 
2006 World Athletics Final
2008 Olympic Games Joint
2015 Pan American Games 

Finish

1st 4x100m
2nd 100m
1st 4x100m
6th 100m
6th 100m, 2nd 4x100m
1st 200m
1st 100m, 200m
1st 100m
3rd 200m
2nd
1st 100m

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