WATCH: Ackeem Blake Becomes The First Jamaican Male Sprinter Since Usain Bolt to Medal in an International Track & Field Event

Ackeem Blake’s recent achievement at the World Indoor Athletics Championships has not only made him the first Jamaican man since Usain Bolt to medal in a sprint at a global championship but also the fourth Jamaican man to medal in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships.

He secured Jamaica’s first medal at the 2024 World Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on March 1st. ¬†Clocking an impressive 6.46 seconds, the 22-year-old sprinter displayed his potential on the global stage, finishing third (bronze) behind American favorites Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles.

Ackeem Blake’s Gratitude

Following his bronze medal finish, Ackeem Blake took to Instagram to express his gratitude and excitement. He wrote, “My first indoor championship receiving an individual bronze medal, it is a great feeling and will only get better from here. Thanks to my coach and sponsor for the continuous love and support Puma.”

Jamaican Men Sprinting Legacy at 60m

Blake’s accomplishment adds to Jamaica’s sprinting legacy in the World Indoor Athletics Championships 60m, which includes notable performances by Michael Green, Nesta Carter, and Asafa Powell.

– In 1997, Michael Green claimed silver.

– In 2012, Nesta Carter replicated this feat with a silver.

– In 2016, Asafa Powell continued the trend, securing a silver.

A Bright Future Ahead

Blake’s finish not only highlights his talent and determination of this young athlete but also signals a bright future for Jamaican male sprinting. As he sets his sights on the upcoming Paris Olympics and beyond, Blake’s success serves as a testament to Jamaica’s sprinting legacy and the promising male talent emerging from the island.

As Blake’s journey unfolds, fans eagerly anticipate his future successes on the track, knowing that they are witnessing the rise of a new Jamaican sprinting star.

Photos – Ackeem Blake