Sunday, 12 August 2012

LESSONS FROM LONDON: At golden 50, Jamaica cements its dominance in global sprinting

NATIONAL HEROES: Jamaica's record-setting Men's 4X100M relay team.

Decades from now, the year 2012 in the life of Jamaica will be remembered for countless things – the vivacious golden anniversary festivities, Prince Harry’s charming visit, the resurrection of Shabba Ranks.

Above all, though, people will be fondly recalling the glorious achievements of our athletes at the London Summer Olympics, but moreso the extraordinary magic and brilliance of triple gold-medallist Usain Gold (formerly Usain Bolt) whose ascension to the rank of legend was made official.

Winning an impressive 12 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) and finishing 17th overall out of some 200-plus nations, Jamaica vividly showed, yet again, that though we are a tiny speck on the map, our muchness is without borders.

To wit, the London Games also served to cement our standing as the dominant force in world sprinting. And judging by the dazzling displays from some of our most youthful track stars, led by Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, we won’t be relinquishing our reign anytime soon. We are just getting started.

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1 comment:

  1. Has to be the highlight, I agree. The resurrection of Ranks might be considered a "lowlight"...