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August 22, 2008

Olympics: GOLD for Jamaica Men 400m Relay Team. Yet Another World Record!

 In yet another mind-boggling display of speed, Usain Bolt set another world record and won another Olympic gold medal, and this time got to share the glory with his Jamaican teammates.

 Both Bolt and Asafa Powell blew away the field over the last two legs of the 400-meter relay leading Jamaica around the track in 37.10 seconds to break the 16-year-old world record by 0.3 seconds.

Bolt is now 3-for-3 in these Olympic sprints — as in three gold medals and three world records.

The bonus is that he got to bring Powell along for the ride. Powell held the world record in the 100-meter dash for about three years before Bolt broke it in May, but he is also well known for his history of poor performances in the biggest meets.

 In this one, Powell got to do the honors, running the anchor leg, taking a clean handoff from Bolt and crossing the line almost a full second ahead of Trinidad and Tobago‘s Richard Thompson to secure his first Olympic medal.

The Jamaican quartet, which also included Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, eclipsed the old 400 relay mark of 37.40 set by the United States at the Barcelona Olympics in the 1992 and tied by the U.S. at the world championships a year later.

Bolt added that to the records he set in winning the 100 meters (9.69) and 200 meters (19.30) in Beijing.

The Jamaicans were nearly a full second faster than relay silver medalists Trinidad and Tobago, which finished in 38.06. Japan took the bronze in 38.15.

The Jamaica women’s relay team failed to hand off the baton in the third leg of the relay and did not complete the race. We are VERY PROUD of the women team!!!

Jamaica is 4 out of 5 in their sprint events.

  Team Jamaica now has a total of 10 medals: 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.

   

Congratulations Team Jamaica!!!

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6 Comments »

  1. Excellent post Paulette.
    Congrats to T&T they put on a good show. I am telling you passing a baton is now one of the most important things to learn in relay. I saw one person took the baton in the right hand the switch it to the left.

    Celebrate Pauette we might never see anything like this again for a long long time if ever again in our life time. As someone says stuff like this happends every 100 years.

    In Jamaica we are celebrating too.I heard on TV today that crime dropped during the Olympics. I am very optimistic person but I have a cynical belife that peace will hold long term. Some they are planing parades and 3 days of celebration.(thats too much right?)

    You would think Jamaica was still a colony of England and just got independence. They are celebrating in flying colors literally.

    It was interesting to see Bolt running behind Powell cheering him on….crazy yute. Near the end of the race after crossing the finish line their heads always peer to the big clock with the time. They have a goal I guess

    Comment by duttybwoy — August 23, 2008 @ 12:34 am | Reply

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    Comment by Ghazala Khan — August 23, 2008 @ 3:14 am | Reply

  3. Dutty – I am truly joyous. Three days of celebration is NOT too much. When certain cultures have a wedding they celebrate for 7 days and 50% of marriages fail. From how I see it, this record will last longer than many marriges so a three day celebration is appropriate! 🙂

    The Jmaican team was outstanding and Bolt received three gold medals and broke the World Record for all three events – BOOYAHKAH! FIYAH BUN!!!

    I hope you are celebrating in a good but near disturbing way. 😆

    Congrats!!!

    Comment by Paulette — August 23, 2008 @ 4:22 am | Reply

  4. Celebration unlimited!!

    Comment by ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID — August 23, 2008 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  5. Jamaica has set a glorious example to the rest of the sporting world not only by the achievements of its athletes but also the manner in which they were achieved.

    Comment by calvininjax — August 26, 2008 @ 12:17 am | Reply

  6. bolt is phenom . how come phelps is clean winning 8 gold and bolt is suspected

    Comment by otis fisher — September 4, 2008 @ 2:32 pm | Reply


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