USA Today posted its predictions for medalists in track and field events at the 2016 Rio Olympics and lists Jamaica as winning just two gold medals. According to the newspaper’s forecasts, the two Jamaican gold medals will be won by Usain Bolt in the 100-meter men’s event and Omar McLeod in the 110/100 hurdles. USA Today predicts medals for Jamaica in the following categories as well: a bronze medal for Jaheel Hyde in the men’s 400 hurdles; a bronze for Janieve Russell in the women’s 400 hurdles; a silver medal for the Jamaican team in the men’s 4×100 relay; a silver medal for the Jamaican team in women’s 4×100 relay; and a silver medal for Jamaica in women’s 4×400 relay.
Jamaica first participated at the Olympic Games in 1948. In the history of the Games they have won 68 medals. This puts them in the top 20% of Olympic medal winning countries. Jamaica has participated in 18 Summer Olympic and 8 Winter Olympic games. They are averaging 2.8 medals at each Summer Olympic game.
In the break-down of medals, the majority are Olympic Silver medals which make up approximately 45% of the total medals. Olympic Bronze medals account for 30% of the total medals, followed by Olympic Gold medals at 25%.