Giant on the move
Clean sweep in the sprints — it’s the Jamaica Olympics
Congratulations to Jamaica for completing a clean sweep in the men’s and women’s sprints at the Beijing Games on Thursday.
Veronica Campbell-Brown surged to 200 metres victory on Thursday, making it four golds from the four individual events and shutting out the U.S. for the first time since they boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980.
According to Kerron Stewart, who finished third in the 200m to win a bronze medal to add to the silver she claimed in the 100m, the Jamaicans are taking over.
“We’ve been saying it but I don’t think anyone’s been taking us seriously. I guess they are now,” said the 24-year-old. ”When you put Jamaicans in an environment like this, only good things will happen.
“I think as a team we’re dominating the sport. The Americans have dominated (in the past), but this Olympics has been a Jamaican Olympics.”
Usain Bolt, who turned 22 on Thursday, set the tone with victory in the 100m on Saturday and followed it up with a second gold and a second world record in the 200 on Wednesday.
The women’s 100m went to Shelly-Ann Fraser at the head of a medals sweep in that event before Campbell-Brown’s victory tonight.
By the way, it’s not all down to yam, either. Check out this piece in the Jamaica Observer to see what fuels the Olympic sprint champions.
PHOTO: Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica celebrates winning the women’s 200m athletics final in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 21, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen