Don Quarrie

Don Quarrie

Donald O'Riley Quarrie CD (born 25 February 1951) is a former Jamaican athlete, one of the world's top sprinters during the 1970s.

Don Quarrie competed in five Olympic games. He has received recognition both on and off the field, a statue of him is proudly positioned at the entrance to Jamaica's National Stadium. There is also a school (Donald Quarrie High School) that bears his name in Eastern Kingston. Musical artists have also sung the praises for Don. There are a number of reggae tunes titled "Tribute to Donald Quarrie", one by Joe Gibbs and The Guerillas and one by Bongo Herman. Many Jamaicans still refer to him in casual conversation, comparing his speed to that of everyday activities (as in, "not even Don Quarrie could catch me I was so fast").

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