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The Gleaner's diGJamaica for history of athletics

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games is particularly special for Jamaicans as the whole world has turned its attention to the island's athletes who are known to electrify any track they set their spikes on.

While Jamaica's current sprint stars continue to mystify the world with record-shattering performances, there is a strong sporting legacy in Jamaica that has propelled our athletes to this point.

The latest website from The Gleaner Company,, pays tribute to the lesser known men and women who set the foundation for greatness in Jamaican athletics. Slideshows and articles on the website chronicle Jamaica's hard-won journey to the Olympic Games. DiGJamaica tells the story of Jamaica's first Olympic hopefuls, Alfred Downer and G.C. Foster, as well as the exploits of National Hero Norman Washington Manley at the Inter-Schools' Athletic Championships.

The more popular sports figures such as Herb McKenley and Deon Hemmings are also catalogued in pictures in a slideshow titled Olympic Gold. The team currently in London is also highlighted on the website with information on the events in which they will be competing.

DiGJamaica also adds to your Olympic experience by listing all the Olympic events in the Calendar that allows you to save the happenings on your computer or email to a friend.