Jamaican Quarter-Miler Akeem Bloomfield Retires at 27

Jamaican quarter-miler Akeem Bloomfield has retired from track and field at the age of 27.

Bloomfield has reportedly notified the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and requested removal from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s Registered Testing Pool.

Marie Tavares, JAAA Executive Board Member, confirmed the retirement, suggesting Bloomfield may focus on academics, though his precise motivations remain unclear.

Bloomfield, the second-fastest Jamaican over 400m with a personal best of 43.94 seconds, emerged as a star at Kingston College, becoming the first Jamaican schoolboy to break the 45-second barrier.


Despite his promising start, his career was marred by injuries and personal setbacks, including the death of his mother in 2021.

After a successful collegiate stint at Auburn University, where he set his 400m record at the 2018 NCAA National Outdoor Championships, Bloomfield signed with Puma and joined the MVP International training group. He showcased his talent at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, finishing eighth in the 400m final.

In 2021, Bloomfield moved to train with Rana Reider’s Tumbleweed group, reuniting with high school rival Christopher Taylor.

Despite recovering from a severe hamstring injury, Bloomfield’s career faced further turbulence. He joined Chase Athletics Track Club under Sanjay Ayre in 2022 but left a year later.

Bloomfield’s last competition was at the Tom Jones Invitational in April 2023, clocking 45.52 seconds to finish sixth, closing the chapter on a career that, despite its challenges, showed flashes of brilliance.

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