Nesta Carter


Nesta Carter
Nesta Carter

Nesta Carter (center) and Tyson Gay (right) during 2010 Memorial Van Damme
Personal information
Nationality Jamaican
Born October 11, 1985 (1985-10-11) (age 26)
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.[1]

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.[2]

Contents

Career

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.[3]

2002

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.[4]

2003

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.[5]

2004

In April he finished third in the CARIFTA Games Under 20 200 m, in 21.10 (wind −1.4 m/s)[6] and won gold with the Jamaican 4 x 100 m relay team in 39.48 s.[7] 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.[8] He finished fourth in the 200 m semi-final at the July World Junior Championships in 21.24 s.[9] 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.[10] The Jamaica team finished second in the final without Carter.[11]

2005

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.[12]

2006

At the Jamaica International Invitational Carter won the 100 m B race in 10.41 s.[13]

2007

In May Carter finished joint-third at the Jamaica International Invitational meet[14] and won the Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo in 10.20 s, his first win of an IAAF Grand Prix event.[15]

At the Osaka World Championships Carter won his heat in 10.17 s,[16] finished fourth in the quarter-final in 10.23[17] and finished seventh in the semi-final of the 100 m, his time 10.28 s.[18] 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.[19]

2008

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.[20]

Carter was named UTech Sportsman of the Year 2007/2008 on April 10.[21]

Carter ran the third leg of the 4 x 100 m relay at the Penn Relays, the team winning the USA vs The World event in 39.14 s.[22]

On May 25 Carter successfully defended his title at the Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo, winning in 10.19 s.[23] One week later he won the 100 m at DKB-ISTAF in a personal best 10.08,[24] his first win at a Golden League event.[25]

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 July DN Galan in Stockholm Carter won race two in 9.98 s, a new personal best that made him just the fifth Jamaican under the 10 second barrier.[26][27]

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.[2] The split time for Carter's lead-off leg of the relay was 10.34 (USATF High Performance registered split analysis).

Carter equaled his personal best of 9.98 when he finished third at Athletissima 2008 in Lausanne. The race was won by Asafa Powell in a new personal best of 9.72 s.[28]

At the Zagreb 2008 event Carter won in 10.23 s.[29] Four days later Carter finished second in the 100 m at the World Athletics Final in 10.07 s.[30]

Carter was honoured in a homecoming celebration and received an Order of Distinction (Officer Rank) in recognition of his achievements at the Olympics.[31]

2009

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.[32]

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.[33][34] 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.[35][36] Carter also finished third in the 200 m at the event in 20.69[37]

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[38] 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.[39] On May 8 he finished seventh in 10.34 with a reported calf cramp at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix.[40]

At the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, Carter finished a disappointing ninth in 10.16 s.[41] 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.[42]

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.

2010

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[43]—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

Personal bests

Event Location Time
100 m Rieti, Italy 9.78 s[44]
200 m Kingston, Jamaica 20.25 s[44]

Competition record

100 metres

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

References

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ a b Athlete biography: Nesta Carter, beijing2008.cn, ret: Aug 29, 2008
  3. ^ Nesta Carter short bio.
  4. ^ 2002 ISSA Championships results
  5. ^ 2003 ISSA Championships results
  6. ^ CARIFTA Games Under 20 results,
  7. ^ 33rd Carifta Games in Bermuda Results- Saturday 4/10/2004
  8. ^ 2004 CAC Junior Championships boys results
  9. ^ 2004 WJC 200 m semi-final results
  10. ^ 2004 WJC 4 x 100 m semi-final results
  11. ^ 2004 WJC 4 x 100 m results
  12. ^ 2005 ISSA Championships results
  13. ^ 2006 JII event results
  14. ^ 2007 JII 100 m result
  15. ^ 2007 Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo 100 m result
  16. ^ 2007 WC 100 m heat results
  17. ^ 2007 WC 100 m quarter-final results
  18. ^ 2007 WC 100 m semi-final results
  19. ^ 2007 WC 4x100 m results
  20. ^ CARIFTA Games and UTech meet
  21. ^ Olympic Gold for UTech’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2007/2008
  22. ^ 2008 Penn Relays results
  23. ^ 2008 Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo 100 m result
  24. ^ Carter wins 100m in Golden League action
  25. ^ 2008 DKB-ISTAF 100 m result
  26. ^ 2008 DN Galan 100 m results
  27. ^ National Lists of Jamaica (Men)
  28. ^ 2008 Athletissima 100 m result
  29. ^ 2008 Zagreb 100 m results
  30. ^ 2008 WAF 100 m result
  31. ^ Welcoming home our Olympians
  32. ^ World-leading 38.72 for MVP at Western Relays
  33. ^ 2009 Laurens nominees
  34. ^ Nominee 2009 – Laureus World Team of the Year
  35. ^ MVP shine in 4x100m
  36. ^ 2009 UTECH Track & Field Classic Men 4x100 Meter Relay College&Inv result
  37. ^ 2009 UTECH Track & Field Classic Men 200 Meter Dash College&Inv
  38. ^ 2009 Penn Relays Results Men 4x100
  39. ^ Asafa drops out! 'Injured' sprinter shuns relay, could run 100m at Penns today
  40. ^ 2009 Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix 100 m result
  41. ^ 2009 Reebok Grand Prix 100 m results
  42. ^ Simpson, Carter sidelined from Jamaica trials
  43. ^ Rieti 2010 M-100 Nesta Carter 9.78 on YouTube
  44. ^ 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. 

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