Disappointment at 4X400m blunder

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter

Thursday, August 09, 2012 | 11:45 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaicans today expressed disappointment after the country's hopes of gaining another medal were dashed when Jermaine Gonzales crashed out of the 4x400m relays.

The set back for the athlete come days after he finished sixth in his 400m heat.

At that time the athlete blamed a hamstring injury for his poor showing.

"Right now we disappointed if the man injured him should not run. Me still can't figure out why the Jamaican officials make him run," said Jolean Smikle, a resident of Portmore, St Catherine.

Amos Green, a handcart operator in downtown, Kingston shared similar sentiments.

"We respect the fact that the athletes a represent the country but if them injured them should be honest to themselves," said Green.

One woman who identified herself only as 'Sandra', was not so hard on the athlete but said the development was part of the sport.

"Injury comes with the sport you just have to take the victory with the disappointment," the woman said.



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