Caribbean-born Olympic medalists for the diaspora


A post by Peter Jordens.

Here are seven Caribbean-born athletes who won a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio but for a non-Caribbean country (note: this list may or may not be complete):

Gold medalists

  • Kerron Clement, USA (born in Trinidad and Tobago), track & field, men’s 400m hurdles.
  • Jean-Michel Lucenay, France (born in Martinique), fencing, men’s team epée.
  • Teddy Riner, France (born in Guadeloupe), judo, men’s 100+ kg.

Silver medalists

  • Danell Leyva, USA (born in Cuba), gymnastics, men’s horizontal bar and men’s parallel bars.
  • Asuka Cambridge, Japan (born in Jamaica), track & field, men’s 4 x 100m relay.
  • Orlando Ortega, Spain (born in Cuba), track & field, men’s 110m hurdles.

Bronze medalist

  • Dimitri Bascou, France (born in Martinique), track & field, men’s 110m hurdles.

The men’s 110m hurdle event deserves special mention as a triumph of completely Caribbean origin, with Omar McLeod (born in Jamaica and competing for Jamaica) winning the gold medal, while the above-mentioned Orlando Ortega and Dimitri Bascou won silver and bronze respectively. The photo (credited to Julian Finney) shows Ortega, McLeod and Bascou from left to right. Also see

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