If I never make it to an Olympic event, I am absolutely certain that I have now experienced the tension, anxiety, pride and euphoria that is the Olympics. Last night I sat in the bleachers with a group of friends and screamed, clapped and cheered as Osafa Powell, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake – amongst others – competed in the Men’s 100m finals. This was it. This was the moment when all of Jamaica would know which of their athletic stars would be representing the Black, Gold and Green in the London Olympics. And I was there! I saw, breathed and lived the moment!
Currently Yohan Blake is the one who holds the title of reigning world champion 100m, however the opportunity to prove it undisputedly was cut short in South Korea last year as training partner and top rival – Usain Bolt was disqualified from the race for a false start. Last night the two competed for the first time since then and “The Beast” flashed past the “Bolt” to set a new record 0.11 seconds below Bolt’s time. This was most definitely a disappointment for Bolt. Thus there was no “To the World” posing after the race. Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 100m finals in fine style. In the end Blake, Bolt and Powell will be representing Jamaica at the Olympics, so there is still time for Mr. Bolt to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the title of “Fastest Man in the World” is undisputedly his.
Either way, Jamaica is the country being represented and Jamaicans are proud of their sons. The face of every onlooker reflected that. The tension and love were palpable. This was merely another opportunity to showcase the raw talent emanating from a mere spot in the Caribbean Sea. One day I hope to be seated at an actual Olympic event, but until then I enjoyed this live taste of what’s to come.