Jamaican athletes on top of the world for Independence Day
The Jamaican Olympic team proudly celebrated 50 years of national independence yesterday, having got their sprinting schedule off to the most impressive of starts.
The Caribbean Island with a population of less than 3 million has already won gold in the men’s and women’s 100m finals after Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran to victory at the weekend.
Sprinter Asafa Powell greeted his nation with the most heartfelt of messages: “My Country, My Home, My People, My Present, My Past and My Future. Jamaica Happy 50th Birthday. One Love!”
Discus thrower Jason Morgan joined in the celebrations to tweet: “Happy 50th JAMAICA. this is the land of my birth,” adding: “On this day. I consider it more than special. I compete at my first olympic games.”
Having defended the first of his three Olympic titles, Usain Bolt arose in the best of spirits to find he had totalled an astonishing 1 million followers on Twitter. He greeted his fans with a cheery photo of himself, adding: “I am up and ready to go again.”
Bolt stood alongside silver medal-winning compatriot Yohan Blake in yesterday’s medal ceremony, but only after some last-minute grooming. The Olympic champion was pictured earlier in the day receiving a sharp haircut from team Jamaica’s resident barber, decathlete Maurice Smith.