André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
It started as a championship under pressure from scandals and little support, in a country that cared little about track and field.
But for years to come, it will be remembered as yet another championships blanketed by Jamaican influences and dominated by its stars.
In many ways, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the entire Jamaican team have been the saving grace of an IAAF World Championships that looked at one stage to be heading in the worst possible direction.
Bolt joined American Carl Lewis as the most medalled male athlete at the World Championships with 10, while Fraser-Pryce cemented her position as Jamaica's sprinting queen, becoming the first woman from the island to win three gold medals at a senior international championships.
It was their dominance of the 100m, 200m and the country's double sprint relay swoop last night that helped to raise the enthusiasm of the championships and as they reflected on their own successes, both athletes took time to reflect on the country's continued impact on the track and field world.
"It's great, I continue to work hard and dominate, and for me, the aim is to continue to add to the greatness and I am looking forward to the next World Championships to surpass him (Lewis) and move on," said Bolt.
Fraser-Pryce was elated with her returns in Moscow, after claiming her sixth individual medal here and 11th overall since her introduction to the world at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
"Wow! I don't know, I'm just excited that I had a wonderful championships and it was a lot of hard work. I have always said that I didn't have anything put down with my name on it and so I have to work for it," Fraser-Pryce said.
"In victory and defeat, I am always happy and blessed that God has given me the talent to come out here and have fun and represent my country the way I do," she added.
With reggae blaring through the Luzhniki stadium's public address system on a daily basis and Jamaican colours filling the stands, several of the country's top athletes highlighted the country's impact on this year's competition.
"We tend to do that to people, we tend to go there and let them love us and we will continue to do that," Bolt said.
"I think the championships really got on the way in the middle when people started to see the perfor-mances and they wanted to come and watch us. They really came out and supported in the end and I am happy that they did because it gave me a lot of energy," Bolt added. "As long as we nurture the talent in Jamaica; because there is a lot of talent to come, as long as we nurture that we will continue to dominate for years to come.
"Track and field has been getting a lot of hits, but if you continue to focus on the bad part of tracks, that's all people will see, but we had to go out there as athletes and say this is our sport and we will let our talent do the talking," noted Kerron Stewart, a 100-metre finalist and 4x100m gold medallist.
Men's relay team members Nesta Carter and Nickel Ashmeade also chipped in.
"We got the six gold medals in the sprints so I don't think they can ask for more, so I think that is a very good job we did right there," said Carter.