On this day in Jamaican History: Jamaican-Canadian athlete, Keturah Anderson, was born

On January 9, 1968, Keturah Anderson, was born in Kingston, Jamaica. A Canadian athlete, now retired, Anderson is an Olympian who specialized in the hurdles competitions. In 1998 she won a bronze medal in the high hurdles event at the World Indoor Championships. Her personal best times in the 100-meter hurdles including times of 12.71 in 1998 and 7.90 in the indoor 80-meter hurdles. Her time in 1998 set a national record at the time. Anderson moved to Canada in 1975 and set the Canadian record in the 100-meter hurdles in 1997 with a time of 19.80.

1997 Athens World Championships – 100m Hurdles Final 1. Ludmila Engquist (SWE) 12.50 2. Svetla Dimitrova (BUL) 12.58 3. Michelle Freeman (JAM) 12.61 4. Brigita Bukovec (SLO) 12.69 5. Dionne Rose (JAM) 12.87 6. Keturah Anderson (CAN) 12.88 7. Svetlana Laukhova (RUS) 12.98 Patricia Girard (FRA) DSQ

She broke her own record twice, once at a meet in Zurich with a time of 12.66 and again in 1998 with 12.61. She won a number of medals, including the bronze in the 60-meter hurdles in 1998’s World Indoor Championships and a bronze in the 100-meter hurdles at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Due to an injury she suffered, Anderson was unable to better her performance at the 1998 World Outdoor Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games. She retired shortly afterward. In the 1980s, she participated in the Pan American Junior Championships and the Commonwealth Games.