KINGSTON, Jamaica- Journalists covering the Olympics are predicting that the island could beat its 11-medal haul from Beijing but were hesitant to declare the colours.
The Press Association of Jamaica had a send-off for local journalists yesterday who predicted that the island would get between 10 and 14 medals.
Veteran journalist Clare Forrester said the country would get 14 medals, if the athletes remain injury-free. She is covering her fourth Games.
Twelve is the magical number given by former Jamaica Observer reporter, Kayon Raynor, who will be providing coverage for the RJR Communications Group.
While some journalists are expecting more than 2008’s performance, others said it’s likely the nation will repeat that medal count.
CVM’s Wayne Walker and the Gleaner’s Andre Lowe both said Jamaica will bring home 11 medals but Walker left the possibility for one more while Lowe declined to say what colours the medals would be.
The Observer’s sports editor, Ian Burnett, who is better known for his football and horseracing knowledge, took a stab at predicting Jamaica’s performance, stating 11 would be final tally.
The Gleaner’s Daraine Luton ended his count at the lower end with 10 while track fans Rohan Powell and Karen Madden-James of RJR foresee 11 and 12 medals respectively.
The Olympics begin next week Friday.
Jamaica Observer’s award-winning team of Paul Reid and photographer Bryan Cummings are already in Britain to provide extensive print and online coverage.