Jamaican runners are painting Rio De Janeiro Black, gold and green, the colors of the nation’s flag
As the entire world already know, sprint king Usain Bolt has retained his title as Olympic 100M champion by again powering his way pass Justin Gatlin of the USA and in the process won an unprecedented 3rd straight 100M Olympic title, leaving no doubt as to who is the fastest man on the planet. Canada’s Andrea De Grasse finished 3rd. If one should have dropped in from outer space unto the Olympics venues of Rio, such a one might be inclined to think that the Athletics were the only show in town and the Jamaicans were head cooks and bottle-washers. Jamaican colors are seen everywhere, from the scoreboards to the podiums and even in paintings of the flag onto the seating facilities. Why is Jamaica and it’s athletes such a big hit now-a-days? It may not be easy to pin it down to any one particular thing as to why the Jamaicans are this good but they are good, really good
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From Bob Marley and the music for which he is so very well known (Reggae) to present-day’s Usain Bolt and athletics, Jamaica has grown to become the darling of many and the name of this tiny island as well as some of it’s famous sons and daughters can easily flows off of the tongue of many who may or may not even speak another word of the common language spoken by the nation’s people.
Here are some facts which you may or may not have known about the history-making 100M race and the run-up to the finals in Rio De Janeiro.
While only a maximum three athletes can represent any one country at the Games, no fewer than nine of the 85 men who were vying for a spot in the event of the 100M, did have some direct genetic links to Jamaica the sprint capital of the world, with at least another two being part of relay squads.
Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade who competed under the Jamaica flag and have qualified for the first round proper.
Both Kemarley Brown and Andrew Fisher were cleared by the IAAF to run for the oil-rich middle eastern country of Bahrain; Jak Ali Harvey (formerly Jacques Harvey) will run Turkey, Emre Zafer Barnes (formerly Winston Barnes) who will run on the Turkish 4x100m relay team was also born in Jamaica. Japan’s Asuka Antonio ‘Aska’ Cambridge and Canada’s Akeem Haynes were all born in Jamaica. Aaron Brown, who will run the 100m for Canada, and a third member of their sprint relay squad, Brendan Rodney, all have at least one Jamaican parent.
Such is the reach of the powerhouse sprinting nation which Jamaica has become over the years. And if one is to go by what the present and up-and-coming crop of runners are signaling, the only change one can expect for the future is for more and greater things from the Jamaicans. #GoJamGo.
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