Monday, 19 August 2013

SPEED NATION: Team Jamaica exits Moscow World Championships on a nine-medal high

HER TRIUMPHANT TREBLE: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce declared heroine of the Moscow World Championships 

Reigning world sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce -- who concluded her exploits at the Moscow World Championships with a trio of hard-earned gold medals – looked every bit like her real self: the proud, triumphant island girl as she spoke with the press following the medal ceremony for the Women’s 4X100M. Unsurprisingly, the Pocket Rocket beamed as she summed up her week-long experiences, thanked her loyal fans and concluded that she was “a bit tired” and “missed my husband,” Jason. With the champs now over, Fraser-Pryce, who anchored the Team Jamaica girl to a meet record in the relay, is now free to get some rest before turning her attention to the remainder of the season that includes three upcoming races. In any case, the diminutive sprint star with the big heart and powerful drive, aptly described by a commentator as “the heroine of these championships” is simply having her best summer ever. 

SPRINTING SENSATIONS: Men’s relay team close the show in stunning style 

Continuing their swaggering dominion of the fast lane, Jamaica’s male sprint relay team didn’t disappoint on the final day of the just-ended 14th World Championships in Russia. The quartet of Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Usain Bolt put on a dazzling display of world-class sprinting to secure the gold medal in the 4X100M event (ahead of the United States and Canada), bringing the crowd to its feet. Record or not, the group’s performance capped off a fantastic week of athletics and increased Team Jamaica’s medal haul to nine (6 gold, 2 silver and a bronze) -- third overall behind the Russians and the Americans – another splendid achievement by the sprint capital of the Caribbean and, indeed, the world.

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