- Posted August 14, 2013 by
KINGSTON, Jamaica: If there was any doubt surrounding who was the all-time greatest male sprinter in the world, we expect that all doubt was removed on Sunday August 11, 2013 as Usain Bolt crossed the line ahead of the field to win his second world championship title in the men’s 100m sprint event.
Even under rainy conditions, Bolt ran an impressive 9.77 seconds to lead the Jamaican team to a near shut out of the men’s 100 meter finals with a 1-3-4-5 finish for the small island with the big heart.
Half-Way-Tree in Kingston, which has become the visual events hub of Jamaica, with all the big competitions being shown live from this, the transport centre was awash with people clamoring for pole position in anticipation of the race. As 12:50pm drew closer people from all over the island who were in transit in Half-Way-Tree turned their attention to the live screen; it was as if the entire country paused in anticipation of what was to unfold. Despite the race being held on a Sunday afternoon, which is when most of us are either at home or at church, scores of people turned out to watch the big race for the “big men” on this, the 'big screen'.
Ashmeade, Bailey-Cole, Carter and Bolt. Four – yes four of the finest athletes in the world represented Jamaica in fine form. 1-3-4-5!! People celebrated throughout the square and across the road blowing vuvuzelas and shouting "Bolt, Bolt" whilst waving ISupportJamaica.com flags.
For 10 seconds an entire country stood, seemingly still; captivated by the sight of Bolt and his team mates doing what they do best.