- Nesta Carter
Nesta Carter (center) and Tyson Gay (right) during 2010 Memorial Van Damme
Personal information Nationality Jamaican Born October 11, 1985
Banana Ground, Jamaica
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Weight 70 kg (150 lb) Sport Sport Running Event(s) 100 metres, 200 metres Club MVP Track & Field Club Achievements and titles Personal best(s)
100 m: 9.78 s (Rieti 2010)200 m: 20.25 s (Kingston 2011)
Nesta Carter O.D (born October 11, 1985) is a Jamaican sprinter, who specialises in the 100 metres event. In August 2010 he became only the fifth sprinter to ever run the 100 metres in less than 9.8 seconds.
Carter has also been successful as part of the Jamaican 4 x 100 metres relay team, setting the world record and Olympic record at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a member of the 2007 World Championship silver medal 4 x 100 metres relay team.
- 1 Career
- 2 Accomplishments and major competition results
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Carter attended Manchester High School in central Jamaica. He is a member of the MVP (Maximising Velocity and Power) Track & Field Club based at the University of Technology (U-Tech), Kingston, and is coached by Stephen Francis.
Representing his high school at the ISSA Championships Carter finished second in the Class 2 100 m in 11.58 s (wind −1.3 m/s), and fourth in the 200 m in 22.54 (wind −2.0 m/s). The 4 x 100 m relay team did not finish their heat.
Carter's 11.01 was thirteenth fastest in the semi-finals of the Class 1 100 m at the ISSA Championships and did he not advance to the final. He finished seventh in the 200 m final, in 22.01 s. His school did not field a team for the 4 x 100 m relay.
In April he finished third in the CARIFTA Games Under 20 200 m, in 21.10 (wind −1.4 m/s) and won gold with the Jamaican 4 x 100 m relay team in 39.48 s. Carter finished fourth in the 200 m at the June CAC Junior Championships, his time 21.35 s, and ran the third leg of the 4 x 100 m relay team which finished first in 40.63 s. He finished fourth in the 200 m semi-final at the July World Junior Championships in 21.24 s. In the semi-final of the 4 x 100 m relay Carter ran the third leg and the team qualified for the final in 39.90 s. The Jamaica team finished second in the final without Carter.
At the ISSA Championships Carter finished second in the Class 1 100 m in 10.59 s, and second in the 200 m in 21.00 s. No relay team was fielded by his school.
At the Jamaica International Invitational Carter won the 100 m B race in 10.41 s.
At the Osaka World Championships Carter won his heat in 10.17 s, finished fourth in the quarter-final in 10.23 and finished seventh in the semi-final of the 100 m, his time 10.28 s. Carter ran the third leg of the 4 x 100 m relay team which finished second in a new national record of 37.89 s.
At the inaugural UTech Track and Field Classic Carter ran a personal best 20.38 in the 200 m, bettering his previous best by 0.40 s.
Carter was named UTech Sportsman of the Year 2007/2008 on April 10.
On May 25 Carter successfully defended his title at the Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo, winning in 10.19 s. One week later he won the 100 m at DKB-ISTAF in a personal best 10.08, his first win at a Golden League event.
Carter did not report for the start of the 100 m final at the National Trials, due to a leg cramp. He made the Jamaican team for the Olympics after running a personal best 20.31 in the final of the 200 m.
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing he ran the third leg of the 4 x 100 metres relay semi-final with Michael Frater, Dwight Thomas and Asafa Powell. Their time of 38.31 s ranked second of sixteen nations in the first round. Thomas was replaced by Usain Bolt for the final, Carter ran the first leg and the team set a new World Record of 37.10 s, claiming the gold medal. The split time for Carter's lead-off leg of the relay was 10.34 (USATF High Performance registered split analysis).
Carter ran on the MVP 4 x 100 m relay team at the Milo Western Relays held at the GC Foster College on February 14. The team recorded a new meet record and world leading time of 38.72 s.
Carter was nominated for the Laureus World Team of the Year award on April 16, as a member of the 2008 Jamaica Olympic Sprint Team. Two days later Carter ran a leg of the 4 x 100 m at the UTech Track and Field Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. The winning 38.46 time was a new meet record. Carter also finished third in the 200 m at the event in 20.69
Carter next competed at the Penn Relays on April 25, in the 4 x 100 m relay. Asafa Powell on the fourth leg pulled up and finished ninth in 41.24 A report in the Jamaica Observer on the morning of the event indicated that Powell had injured his ankle in training and was not expected to run. On May 8 he finished seventh in 10.34 with a reported calf cramp at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix.
At the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, Carter finished a disappointing ninth in 10.16 s. His entry was withdrawn from the Prefontaine Classic on the day of the event. A week before the National Championships on June 26 the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association confirmed that no entry had been received for Carter. The president of MVP track club cited an injury.
He also won the scholarship for the prestigious Harvard Law School along with his first cousin Kevoy O. K. Carter, a student of the University of the West Indies.
In 2010 Carter made some huge improvements in the 100 m races that he had run in the year, by lowering his PB in the 100 m from 9.91 to 9.78—ran in Rieti, Italy on August 29—which equalled the fastest time of 2010 over 100 m set by Tyson Gay a few weeks earlier in the year. The time also ranks Carter as the 4th fastest of all time, while still being the third fastest in Jamaica.
Accomplishments and major competition results
Event Location Time 100 m Rieti, Italy 9.78 s 200 m Kingston, Jamaica 20.25 s
4×100 metres relay
Time progression in the 100 m
Year Time Windspeed City Date 2004 10.56 2.00 Spanish Town June 12 2005 10.69 0.50 Kingston June 24 2006 10.20 −1.60 Spanish Town June 4 2007 10.11 1.00 Kingston June 23 2008 9.98 0.20 Lausanne September 2 2009 9.91 2.00 Shanghai September 20 2010 9.78 0.90 Rieti August 29
Time progression in the 200 m
Year Time Windspeed City Date 2004 21.10 1.40 Hamilton April 11 2006 20.78 −0.50 Zurich August 18 2008 20.31 1.10 Kingston June 29
- ^ "Nesta Carter sizzles to 9.78 WL time". Track Alerts. August 29, 2010. http://www.trackalerts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2192:-nesta-carter-sizzles-to-978-wl-time&catid=3806:lead-stories&Itemid=82.
- ^ a b Athlete biography: Nesta Carter, beijing2008.cn, ret: Aug 29, 2008
- ^ Nesta Carter short bio.
- ^ 2002 ISSA Championships results
- ^ 2003 ISSA Championships results
- ^ CARIFTA Games Under 20 results,
- ^ 33rd Carifta Games in Bermuda Results- Saturday 4/10/2004
- ^ 2004 CAC Junior Championships boys results
- ^ 2004 WJC 200 m semi-final results
- ^ 2004 WJC 4 x 100 m semi-final results
- ^ 2004 WJC 4 x 100 m results
- ^ 2005 ISSA Championships results
- ^ 2006 JII event results
- ^ 2007 JII 100 m result
- ^ 2007 Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo 100 m result
- ^ 2007 WC 100 m heat results
- ^ 2007 WC 100 m quarter-final results
- ^ 2007 WC 100 m semi-final results
- ^ 2007 WC 4x100 m results
- ^ CARIFTA Games and UTech meet
- ^ Olympic Gold for UTech’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2007/2008
- ^ 2008 Penn Relays results
- ^ 2008 Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo 100 m result
- ^ Carter wins 100m in Golden League action
- ^ 2008 DKB-ISTAF 100 m result
- ^ 2008 DN Galan 100 m results
- ^ National Lists of Jamaica (Men)
- ^ 2008 Athletissima 100 m result
- ^ 2008 Zagreb 100 m results
- ^ 2008 WAF 100 m result
- ^ Welcoming home our Olympians
- ^ World-leading 38.72 for MVP at Western Relays
- ^ 2009 Laurens nominees
- ^ Nominee 2009 – Laureus World Team of the Year
- ^ MVP shine in 4x100m
- ^ 2009 UTECH Track & Field Classic Men 4x100 Meter Relay College&Inv result
- ^ 2009 UTECH Track & Field Classic Men 200 Meter Dash College&Inv
- ^ 2009 Penn Relays Results Men 4x100
- ^ Asafa drops out! 'Injured' sprinter shuns relay, could run 100m at Penns today
- ^ 2009 Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix 100 m result
- ^ 2009 Reebok Grand Prix 100 m results
- ^ Simpson, Carter sidelined from Jamaica trials
- ^ Rieti 2010 M-100 Nesta Carter 9.78 on YouTube
- ^ a b "Athlete Biographies, Nesta Carter". IAAF. http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=C/country=JAM/athcode=200802/index.html. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
Olympic Champions in Men's 4×100 m Relay
World Champions in Men's 4×100 m Relay
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