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Bolt biggest Jamaican export?

Published:Monday | August 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Top Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake greet fans at London's Olympic Stadium after their world-record run in the men's 4x100 metres relay at the Olympic Games on Saturday. The Jamaicans decimated their previous world mark of 37.04 seconds to 38.84, the first time in history that a country has run sub-37 seconds for the sprint relay. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

As we sat waiting for what was to come, in the chill of the London evening, a group of us Jamaicans was engaged in a hotly contested debate.

Many spectators, clearly oblivious to what we were talking about but drawn by the loud voices, Jamaican accent and frantic gesticulation, looked on in intrigue; the raging debate, is Usain Bolt the biggest Jamaican export?

I can tell you, before the action actually started on the track, this was the major topic of discussion among the group... Friendship teetered on the edge as the debate raged on.

Bolt's anchor leg in the 4x100m world record-breaking run fuelled the flames.

Tell you what, doesn't matter who is the greatest to me.

Kudos to the Jamaicans on their exceptional performances here in London, it was an amazing experience.

London just won't be the same with the Jamaican crew back in their routines, or at least that's what the locals say anyway.

It's now on to the World Championships in Moscow next year and if this is anything to go by, the Russians are in for a real treat!