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Fraser makes it double delight for Jamaica

August 17, 2008

Fraser makes it a Jamaica doubleShelly-Ann Fraser roared clear of the pack to win the Olympic gold medal in the women’s 100 metres and complete a sprint double for Jamaica.

Fraser finished ahead of Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, who dead-heated for silver in a Jamaican clean sweep at the Bird’s Nest on Sunday.

It followed Usain Bolt’s extraordinary victory in the men’s 100 metres on Saturday and confirmed Jamaica as the world’s sprint capital.

Was it all down to Yam power again?

Or is there some other reason why Jamaica is so good? Let us know in the comments.

PHOTO: Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica celebrates winning the women’s 100m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 17, 2008. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn


I am a Jamaican live here all my life. What I don’t see mention is that before we were even 4 years old we are running (you know them nice sport day when we have house race at school every second term). Fast running also have to do with our culture, if you should be in a race an come last I would be sorry for you, other people or student would trouble you for days also if you should make another person win you in a race that person would do you the same that person would trouble you for days so you will always want to come first. As for the food we always have a talk were we would say a “good food”, if a person run an win we would say a good food do it, if the person should not win we would say that person want more yam banana and dumplin breadfruit and the list goes on. In school here in Jamaica if you should left you PE outfit one day you are in trouble with the teacher maybe he will take you to the principal office there is so many thing that make us running so fast just like music is in us and we do it the best and every thing we do we do it good. IT IS IN OUR CULTURE…. THE WORLD NUH SEE NOTHING YET WAIT TILL WI HAVE MORE MONEY BECAUSE A THAT A KEEP WI BACK….. I saw a lot of fast people after leaving school and just give up on running because there is no money for them to keep it up, they have to work for small amount of money i could go on typing all day Me seh a wi culture if you want to run like asafa an blot on any of the girls you will have to born here and live here for at least 10 year before you left jamaica.

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