THE world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, from island nation Jamaica, will collect his second Olympic gold medal in the 200m finals on Wednesdday night. Bolt was yesterday joined by his female team mate, Shelly-Ann Frazer, who also took the gold in the 100m finals on Monday.
In fact, Jamaica monopolised the 100m women by taking all top three positions. With a population of not more than three million people, Jamaica is increasingly acknowledged as a country that keeps churning out winners after winners.
I made a quick check on the Net on Jamaica. I found out that it only gained full independnce in 1962, five years after us. It was discovered by Columbus in 1494. Spain had also been a past master of Jamaica before the English came and took control in the mid 1600.
It's a country that depends on tourism as one of the major revenue earners, besides bauxite mining. It has a high literacy rate of about 85 per cent. Almost one-third of the population are under 14 years old.
The Jamaican economy is not blessed like ours. They have no oil and are not leading producers of any agricultural product. But they certainly know their Olympics well. They have their own rum, which perhaps explain why Jamaicans seem to be full of life and merriment.
Check out the Jamaican newspapers online and you read stories about school teachers expressing disappointment that none of their school athletes are in the Olympic team in Beijing. Can you imagine that?
When will we ever get to be half as good as the Jamaicans? I read that our Government has revised the core sports programme from eight to 19. Simply translated, we are expanding the quesr for our world champion from within eight sports to 19!
Good Luck Malaysia? Is this another round of Malaysia Boleh?