Celebrating Jamaica's Fastest Female Olympians of the '40s Through the '70s
'4Runners' is a historical book in the story-telling genre that captures much of the lives of four of Jamaica’s greatest female sprinters before Merlene Ottey, the country’s first female Olympic medallist. The stories come straight from the proverbial horses’ mouths, as the former athletes provide flashbacks of their track careers and personal lives. The four former runners talk candidly about their professional life after ardently competing for their country. The art of Jamaican story telling is alive as the voices of four narrators blend seamlessly with that of the author, whose voice still manages to remain separate.
The memories of the narrators’ Jamaican upbringing just before and after the mid-1900s come to life and weave throughout the book. '4Runners' reads like a magazine you cannot put down and is written with Caribbean high school and college students in mind. Caribbean athletes and aficionados of the sport at home and abroad will also find it delightful. Younger athletes will take inspiration and guidance from these forerunners, who helped pave the path for Jamaica’s current track stars. Complete with a trivia section and photos, '4Runners' is an excellent source of reference for track-trivia buffs, younger readers, and others who simply follow the sport.