The recently concluded Beijing Olympics marked the presence of Jamaica as a track superpower. The small country won six gold medals including five individual and one relay medal. This is their best performance ever, scorching the track at the great Bird’s Nest stadium with their superior sprint power.
The haul, which is equivalent to that of United States’ 1988 campaign, highlighted two people the most. One of them is Veronica Campbell-Brown who won the 200m title defeating America’s Allyson Felix and Kerron Stewart for the coveted gold.
“Veronica is a champion among champions. We have seen in the past that when the going was rough for Jamaica, she held firm and delivered,” says Jamaica’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange.
While her compatriot Usain Bolt ran a 100m in just under 9.70secs., Campbell-Brown was at her best, leading the pack by over 10m in the final moments of the heats.
Jamaica is surely celebrating their new heroes, who have now given them a landmark presence in the arena earlier dominated by a few.
“They are natural born sprinters, fine athletes and when we went missing there was only going to be one result and that is Jamaica taking the honours.”
Read more about Veronica Campbell-Brown here.