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Profile of western Ja's athletes who are on show at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Thursday, August 02, 2012


Usain Bolt- 100m/200m/4x100m

Described by athletics team manager Ludlow Watts as "the man of the Games" but will carry the weight of expectations into both the 100m and 200m where he is the defending champion and World Record holder. After losing both sprints to training partner Yohan Blake at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Trials, trained behind closed doors for two weeks in Birmingham and reports are that he is back to or close to his top form.

Yohan Blake- 100m/200m/4x100m

The young pretender to the Olympic sprint crown after beating Bolt in Jamaica and while keeping a very low profile since arriving in Great Britain three weeks ago, the sensible bet is for the IAAF World Championships 100m gold medalist to leave London with three medals.

Veronica Campbell Brown- 100m/200m, 4x100m

VCB is Jamaica's undisputed sprint queen who is in to her fourth Olympic Games, but her dominance is being threatened by Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce. Her championships pedigree is also undisputed and two individual medals should not come as a surprise.

Trecia Smith- triple jump

Her best jump might have come eight years ago when she set the present National Record 15.16m but just as she shocked the world when she won the IAAF World Championships in 2005, she is now fully fit for the first time in years and one good jump could make a difference.

Dane Hyatt- 400m

An intense, emotive man, Hyatt is in the best form of his life and this later bloomer could surprise many by advancing as far as the finals. His personal best 44.83 seconds over a month ago at National Trials suggest that he will run faster when competition starts.

Kaliese Spencer- 400m hurdles

After two fourth place finishes in the last two World Championships, the 2006 World Junior Champion is poised for her first global and Olympic medal. And despite a season best of 54.39 seconds season best set in Rome in May, she should run faster than her 52.79 seconds run last year.

Roxroy Cato- 400m hurdles

The sky is the limit for this warrior who has overcome many setbacks to make his first Olympic team which he says is just the beginning of what is to come. The CAC bronze medalist in 2010 ran his personal best 49.03 seconds this season and says he will run faster after working out his technique during the pre-Olympic training camp in Birmingham.

Michael Frater- 4x100m

One of the most senior and accomplished athletes in the team. He will be a key part of the relay team which should add yet another gold medal and maybe another World Record.

Shericka Williams- 4x400m

The two time global silver medalist was unfortunate not to make the team in an individual event but is one of the best relay runners in the country. Her leadership qualities will also be a big factor at the Games.

Schillonie Calvert- 4x100m

The 24 year-old former Anchovy High runner is in her first Olympic Games and a lot is expected of her in the future. Should run in the first round of the 4x100m relays with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell Brown both doing double duties and could come away with a gold medal.



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