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Jamaica smashes 4x100m record on the way to London Olympic Gold
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Jamaica smashes 4x100m record on the way to London Olympic Gold

Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the 2012 Olympics as he anchored Jamaica's sprint relay team to a sensational world record. Jamaica's quartet clocked 36.84 seconds to smash the old mark by two-tenths of a second and leave the USA team with silver. Nesta Carter and Michael Frater produced excellent first and second legs but it was 100m and 200m silver medallist Yohan Blake's blistering third leg that set the platform.Bolt provided the perfect finale - exploding away to leave Ryan Bailey trailing as the capacity crowd stood to acclaim him. Canada were initially given bronze before being disqualified when third-leg runner Jared Connaughton was seen to have stepped inside his lane, meaning Trinidad and Tobago were promoted to third place. Bolt's gold meant he matched his haul from the ...
Bolt, Blake, Weir –  Jamaica 123 in London Olympics 200m
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Bolt, Blake, Weir – Jamaica 123 in London Olympics 200m

Usain Bolt proved once again that no track athlete can touch him at the Olympic Games. Bolt won the men's 200-metre event on Thursday, clocking in a time of 19.32 seconds to lead a Jamaican sweep. It wasn't just another gold medal for Bolt. The 25-year-old star set two historic marks en route to his fifth career gold. He becomes the first man to ever win the 200 at consecutive Olympics, and is the only athlete to sweep the 100 and 200 events at back-to-back Games. "Bask in my glory," Bolt proclaimed. "I've got nothing left to prove. I've done something that no one has done before, which is defend my double title. Back-to-back for me, I would say I'm the greatest." Two other Jamaicans joined Bolt in the top three. Yohan Blake finished second in 19.44, with Warren Weir taking bronze at 19....
Usain Bolt wins 100m in Olympic Record
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Usain Bolt wins 100m in Olympic Record

Usain Bolt emphatically confirmed his status as the greatest sprinter in history as he retained his Olympic 100m title in peerless fashion. Bolt, doubted by many after a season dogged by defeat and injury, ran the second-fastest time ever to beat fellow Jamaican and training partner Yohan Blake into silver and American Justin Gatlin into bronze. Bolt's 9.63 seconds, just 0.05 seconds slower than his own staggering world record, was a new Olympic best and capped a race in which seven men went under 10 seconds, with only the injured Asafa Powell failing to break that mark. "I was happy when I went out in the first round, I felt I could do this," said the 25-year-old Bolt. "I was slightly worried about my start. I didn't want to false start again, so I sat in the blocks a little bit. "It was...
Shelly-Ann blasts to victory in the 100m at the London Olympics
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Shelly-Ann blasts to victory in the 100m at the London Olympics

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica saw off the challenge of American Carmelita Jeter to retain her Olympic 100m title in London. Fraser-Pryce moved ahead at the halfway stage and held on in a close finish to win in 10.75 seconds. Jeter beat another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, on the line for bronze. Fraser-Pryce becomes the first woman since American Gail Devers in 1992 and 1996 to win back-to-back 100m titles at Olympic Games. Read more - BBC News
Alia Atkinson finishes 4th in 100 metre breaststroke
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Alia Atkinson finishes 4th in 100 metre breaststroke

Jamaica's Alia Atkinson barely missed out on a first ever medal for herself and Jamaica in a swimming event at the Olympics after she finished 4th in the finals of the 100 metre breaststroke at the London Olympic Games. Alia's 4th place time was 1:06.93 behind third placed  Satomi Suzuki of Japan who swam 1:06.46 and the winner of the event 15 year old Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania who won in 1:05.47.
Jamaica:The Sprint Factory – Video Feature by CBC Sports
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Jamaica:The Sprint Factory – Video Feature by CBC Sports

Stephanie Jenzer of CBC's The National has produced a wonderful feature titled "The Sprint Factory" in which she takes an close look Jamaica to find out why we produce so many of the worlds fastest sprinters. She notes that Jamaica currently owns just about all the 100m titles in the work at the Olympic, World Champion and Junior level. She also follows 2 Jamaica College athletes as they compete at Champs. Hats off to Stephanie and the CBC team on a wonderful feature that is a must see for all Jamaicans and fans of Jamaican sprinting.
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  featured on NBC’s Rock Center
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Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce featured on NBC’s Rock Center

She’s already one of the fastest women on the planet, but Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce hopes to make history as the fastest at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “The thing with success is, when you get it you want it,” Fraser-Pryce told Rock Center with Brian Williams. “I think that the last couple of years have actually made me more hungry than I was, and now that I realize my potential and I realize that I can do so much … once I push myself to the limit, maybe I can do that much better.” Fraser-Pryce, 25, won the Olympic gold medal at the 2008 summer games in Beijing, China, where she crushed her competition in the 100-meter race. Her winning time –10.78 seconds – was the fastest winning time since 1988. She was also the first Jamaican woman to win gold in the 100 meter dash. Fra...
Jamaica’s Unbelievable Medal Record at the Olympic games – 1948 to 2008
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Jamaica’s Unbelievable Medal Record at the Olympic games – 1948 to 2008

As we count down the days the 2012 Olympic Games in London it makes perfect sense to look back at Jamaica's medal winning performances over the decades. Ironically, Jamaica first participated at the Olympic Games in 1948 which like this year's games was also held in London. Jamaica has amassed 55 medals in total at the Olympic games 13 gold medals, 25 silver medals and 17 bronze medals. All of those medals except David Weller's 1980 bronze medal in cycling have come in track and field - an area where Jamaica has grown to dominate regionally and international in recent years. With a seemingly unrelenting flow of fresh talent year after year the future of Jamaican athletics on the Olympic stage will continue on for many more years. We are sure Jamaica will do well at the 2012 London Olymp...
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Olympics Team to wear Marley gear

Usain Bolt (and the entire Jamaica team) will be compete at the 2012 London Olympics in a uniform designed by Bob Marley's daughter. Cedella Marley has been chosen to design the competition clothing worn by the 100 and 200m and the rest of his Jamaican (more…)
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Jamaican documentary headed for Miami

The Best Documentary category of the annual American Black Film Festival will have an injection of speed this year as documentary chronicling the exploits of Jamaica's Olympic team at last year's Olympic Games in Beijing China (more…)