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Dennis Jones is a Jamaican-born international economist, who has lived most of the time in the UK and USA, and latterly in Guinea, west Africa. He moved back to the Caribbean in 2007. This blog contains his observations on life on this small eastern Caribbean island, as well as views on life and issues on a broader landscape, especially the Caribbean and Africa.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Jamaica launches weapon of mass destruction.

Usain took off, and has landed at his target: Lightning struck for the first time as Bolt went airborne and landed at 9.69 seconds (6 and 9 are lucky numbers for the Chinese). He took off and raced for about 50 metres, got his two metre lead, then started celebrating from about 80 metres. If he had not beat his chest so hard from that point he might have been closer to 9.5. Then after the celebration, he went into the gully creeper dance. Wow! Can he be caught for the double?

A real emotional hug for Asafa for not making a medal place. The family had been interviewed on TV while watching the race, and I know they are heart broken and disappointed. That was really too hard. As the family says, though, "We love you the same way. We gonna hug him and give him a big kiss."

For Michael Frater, he broke the 10 second barrier, with 9.97. Jamaica looks to be a lock for the 4x100 metres relays, if the team can pass the baton.

Triniman Richard Thompson stuck in there for silver (does he have Jamaican roots?), and pushed the lone American, Walter Dix, into bronze medal place.

Jamaican women looked likely to get three into the final and have a runner who looks and acts a little like Usain. Bolt yourself down for more excitement.

6 comments:

Luke said...

Congratulations go out to Usain Bolt. This man did th whole Caribbean Proud. We were at home pulling for Asafa to place, but alas, that dream was too sweet.

ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

Kudos to Mr.Usain "Lightning" Bolt.An extremely awesome performance of 9.69 while coasting to the tape.Asafa,I am still a major fan of yours,and I am extremely sorry that you did not place in terms of a medal.Asafa,we all know that you are extremely capable, but your mental courage and strength needs to be developed,especially,in the big events such as world championships and the Olympics.Hopefully, you will be around for the next Olympics,you are still young,and a psychologist would be in order to assist in developing the mental strength and courage,the so called edge, to win big events.Nuff respect to Michael Frater.Jamdown proud a all a yuh!!

Kevin said...

Dennis, he won and good for him, but he exhibited little class by the arrogant chest thumping before crossing the finish line.

I fine this arrogance common among the track athletes and, in my opinion, exhibits high levels of immaturity and unsportsmanlike conduct.

A true professional would first finish the race and then celebrate.

Dennis Jones said...

Kevin,

I don't see it as arrogance, but each to his own view. The race is super short and as a former sprinter myself know that moments of celebration just hit you in that short burst. When you anhillate a field, especially at the top level there is an amazing rush: you could see it on the face of Shelly-Ann Fraser, who nearly did the fist punch before the tape but bubbled over otherwise. You work like a dog and it all comes together? Let it out.

Slam dunking by the US basketballers for point after point when the game is so far out of reach smacks to me of arrogance, as it seems calculated to humilate.

Anyway, I jumped and waved like an idiot from the time Usain hit the 60 metre mark, and I was just in the house :-)

Kevin said...

Point well made on bball players - though I've never thought of them as exemplifying professionalism in sports.

I was very happy to see Bolt finish the 200m race today before beginning his celebration. Congrats to him and to all Jamaicans. It's been a great show.

Dennis Jones said...

Americans' talk about arrogance will just get a big "What?" in the Caribbean. Being generous we love to celebrate and have fun and Usain was so true to that characteristic.

Right now, people are banging pot lids and honking horns and just loving the feeling and want it to be a Caribbean celebration.