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Five-time Olympian, Raymond Stewart, will be honoured by Team Jamaica Bickle for his contribution to athletics, at the New York launch of Penn Relays 2009.
At the event, set for this evening (April 15) at Ruder Finn’s, Manhattan office, Stewart will be presented with citations from New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie and Team Jamaica Bickle.
One of Jamaica’s most decorated sprinters, Stewart has competed in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. He is credited with breaking the 10-second barrier in the 100-metre event several times.
Stewart began his track and field career in Jamaica as a student-athlete at Camperdown High School in Kingston, under Coach Glen Mills. He went on to Texas Christian University (TCU) where he had a very successful career.
At TCU, he was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champion in the 100 metres (9.97) and ran a leg on the NCAA champion 4×100- metre relay team that ran a blazing 38.23 seconds, which, at the time, was the third fastest in history, and still stands as an American collegiate record.
In 1984, Stewart was the youngest male track and field athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, when, at the tender age of 19, he anchored Jamaica to a 100-metre relay silver medal and was a finalist in the individual event. He was a finalist in the 100 metres and 4×100 metres in both the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics in Seoul and Barcelona, respectively, making him the only man to run in three consecutive 100 metres Olympic finals.
Stewart also claimed the silver medal in the 100 metres as well as bronze in the 4×100 metres at the 1987 World Championships.
Currently, the outstanding athlete is coaching in Jamaica and serves as a consultant to the national team. He also provides personal track and field training and advice.
The event, which doubles as a fund-raiser, will also mark Team Jamaica Bickle’s 15 years of providing for Jamaican and Caribbean athletes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, which will be held from April 23-25 this year.

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