Few Jamaican athletes head home
LONDON, England — A day after the ending of the 30th Olympiad in London only a handful of Jamaican athletes including local based discus thrower Travis Smikle are heading back home.
Others touching down at the Norman Manley Airport were members of the management team and athletes Nikesha Wilson and Asafa Powell.
The majority of the team members will head to various European-based camps to continue preparation for upcoming meets.
Members of the Racers Track Club, including triple gold medalist Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and 400m finalists Rose-Marie White will head to their nearby east London base.
Members of the MVP camp including repeat 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Brigitte Foster Hylton and relay gold medalists Nesta Carter and Michael Frater will jet off to Italy where they are based.
Several athletes are based in the US including, 100m bronze medallist Veronica Campbell Brown, Novlene Williams Mills and shot putter Dorian Scott.
Four Diamond League meets are scheduled for the second half of August, DN Galan on Stockholm, Sweden this Friday August 17th; the 37th staging of Athletissima in Lausanne, Switzerland August 23 that is expected to feature Bolt, Blake, Fraser-Pryce and Campbell Brown, the Aviva Diamond League in Birmingham, England on August 26th as well as the Weltklasse Zürich on August 30th.