NEW YORK (JIS) Monday, April 13, 2009- Jamaica’s five time Olympian Raymond Stewart will be recognized at the New York launch of ‘Penn Relays 2009’ by Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) set for Wednesday, April 15, at the offices of Ruder Finn, Mahattan, at 7:00 pm.
Raymond Stewart, a heralded Olympian is one of Jamaica’s most decorated sprinters. He competed in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. He is also credited with breaking the 10 second barrier in the 100m several times over, an unprecedented accomplishment.
Raymond began his track and field career in Jamaica as a student-athlete at Camperdown High School, under coach Glen Mills. Raymond went on to Texas Christian University (TCU) where he enjoyed a very successful career. At TCU Raymond was an NCAA Champion in the 100m (9.97) and ran a leg on the NCAA champion 4x100m relay that ran a blazing 38.23 which, at the time was the 3rd fastest in history, and still stands as a U.S. collegiate record.
In 1984, Raymond was the youngest male track and field athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. At the tender age of 19, Raymond anchored Jamaica to a silver medal and was a finalist in the 100m. He was a finalist in the 100m and 4x100m in both the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics in Seoul and Barcelona, making him the only man to run in 3 consecutive 100m Olympic finals!
Raymond claimed the Silver medal in the 100m as well as Bronze in the 4x100m at the 1987 World Championships.
Currently Mr. Stewart is enjoying coaching in Jamaica and serves as a Consultant to the Jamaican National Team. He also provides personal track and field training and advice.
Stewart will be presented with citations from New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie (Queens) and Team Jamaica Bickle.
The event which doubles as a fundraiser, will also mark TJB fifteen years of providing for Jamaican and Caribbean athletes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, from April 23-25, this year.
–end– Contact: Aubrey L. Campbell, JIS/NY