Triple gold medallist Bolt heads list
The Jamaican Government recently provided a breakdown of its payout scale as it rewards the island's Olympians and Paralympians on their accomplishments at the recently staged championships in London, England, with triple gold medallist Usain Bolt leading the way.
A total of $17.4 million will be handed over to all individual and medallists, as well as finalists.
Olympic 100m and 200m champion Bolt, who was also a member of the gold medal winning 4x100m relay team, will be taking home the biggest cheque - a $2.6- million payout for his exploits.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the women's 100m, placed second in the 200m and was a member of the silver medal winning 4x100m team, will pocket $2.15 million, while double sprint silver medallist and men's sprint relay gold medal winner, Yohan Blake, is next on the cards with $2.1 million.
Veronica Campbell-Brown, the 100m bronze medallist who was also a part of that women's 4x100m relay team and was a finalist in the 200m, will walk away with $1.25 million.
The island's lone Paralympics medallist, Alphanso Cunningham, who won a gold medal in the men's F52/53 Javelin throw, has earned $1 million.
Individual bronze medallists, Warren Weir (200m) and Hansle Parchment (110m hurdles) are set to receive $500,000 each, with 4x100m relay gold medallists Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Kemar Bailey-Cole all down for $600,000.
Relay silver medallists Sherone Simpson, Schillonie Calvert, Kerron Stewart and Samantha Henry-Robinson (4x100m) have earned $400,000, while relay bronze medallists Shericka Williams, Rosemarie Whyte, Novlene Williams-Mills, Shereefa Lloyd and Christine Day will walk away with $360,000 as part of the 4x400m relay pool, with Whyte and Williams Mills earning an additional $350,000 for their advancement to the 400m final.
Other finalists and $350,000 recipients are Kaliese Spencer (400m hurdles) Kimberly Williams, Trecia Smith (triple jump), Alia Atkinson (swimming - 100m breaststroke), Leford Green (400m hurdles), Dorian Scott (shot put) and Asafa Powell (100m).
Jamaicans will celebrate with the athletes over the upcoming National Heroes' weekend, October 13-15, with activities starting with a church service and culminating with a massive musical tribute and awards ceremony, where all the members of Jamaica's Olympic and Paralympic delegations will be honoured.
Jamaica secured a record 12 medals at the Olympic Games in London.