In a blur of black, gold, and green, Jamaica's women swept the 100-meter
finals Monday, adding to the island country's sprinting dominance just one
day after countryman Usain Bolt shattered the world record with a time of
Shelly-Ann Fraser took the gold, winning her first international title with
a blistering time of 10.78 seconds.
Sprinting is to Jamaica what college football is to the US. And a system to
develop homegrown talent has been brewing for decades while the island's
coaches have become some of the world's finest.
Jamaica's athletes have sacrificed a lot to get here.
"I've given up a lot. With track and field, I cannot have a life," silver
medalist Sherone Simpson told me after a June training session in Kingston's
National Stadium. (See excerpts from video interview.)
It must feel good on that medal stand in Beijing.