Sunday, August 17, 2008

Black, Green and Gold - Jamaica Reigns Supreme

Oh Lord can we take anymore here in Jamdown? Our women gave us more reason to scream and cheer in the 100 metre final as 3 Jamaicans joined 3 Americans to test who would dominate the sprint. And the Jamaicans, the colourful, Jamaicans decked out in their unmistakable black, green and gold left the world in no doubt that they are at the top of their game. They made us so proud.

With Shelly Ann Fraser's scintillating burst from start to finish, she like Bolt left the rest of the field and the crowd to watch in awe as she left her mark as the fastest woman at the games registering a super time of 10.78 seconds. Not to be outdone, our other two Jamaican women, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart strode across the line TOGETHER at 10:98. So Jamaica will stand on the podium to receive one Gold and two Silver medals. We can hardly believe it. The men and the women have shone not only speed but class, creating wonder in the minds of many a first world athlete at the mastery of this little island in a most exciting sport.

Shelly Ann Fraser was simply fantastic. She who has been relatively unknown has blown onto the running circuit and into our living rooms like a breath of fresh air and we have embraced her with glee. Like Usain Bolt she outclassed the field by 2/10ths of a second and oh how we celebrated with her as she pumped her hands in delight.

Interestingly Shelly Ann almost never made it to the event being under pressure to cede her place to Veronica Campbell, the world champion who failed to qualify at the national trials. The little 21 year old however proved irrefutably that she had every right to be there. Blazing from the inner city she has stormed unto the world of track and field and we were oh so glad to see her there. There is nothing more gratifying than rooting for the underdog except of course that sweet feeling of vindication when the underdog wins. Yes!

Looking forward to these three in the 4 X 100 relay.

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