AMAZING RACE: Bolt, Blake, Carter and Frater make their mark.
On Saturday, August 11, Team Jamaica completed its campaign at the 2012 London Summer Olympics in scintillating fashion, with a record-smashing performance in the Men’s 4X100 M relay final.
The powerhouse quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Gold set the stadium track ablaze, erasing the old world record of 37.04 seconds (set at last year’s Daegu World Championships) and replacing it with a jaw-dropping (and easy-looking, might I add) 36.84 to take gold ahead of the Americans, who equaled the previous record, and Trinidad, which snatched the bronze.
Meanwhile back home, we were busy setting a record of our own, what with the enormous Half Way Tree crowd (which swelled to an all-time high by the time clock struck 3:00pm) gathered to witness history unfold on the jumbo-sized video screens mounted for precisely that purpose. The jubilant shouts that rang out in the race’s aftermath seemed to reverberate across the breadth of the city.
Surely, there was no way more fitting to bring the curtains down on what has been, without doubt, the greatest highlight of Jamaica 50... so far.