LONDON, England — Track and field icon Merlene Ottey has hailed Jamaica's performance ast the 27th Olympics Games which ended in London on Sunday.
Donald Quarrie, the technical leader of the Jamaican track and field team, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that Ottey, who is to be honoured at a function in London tomorrow, asked him to convey her delight at the record-breaking medal haul by the Jamaicans who won 12 medals — four golds, four silver and four bronze — beating the 11 medals won in Beijing four years ago.
Ottey, who last represented Jamaica at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, has won a staggering 34 medals in major global competitions between 1982 and 2000,
Her nine Olympic medals, inclusive of three silver and six bronze, is still the most by a Jamaican athlete. She also has a record 14 at the IAAF World Championships comprising three gold, four silver and seven bronze.
At the IAAF World Indoors, Ottey won six more medals — three golds, two silvers and a bronze — while also winning three gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze at the Commonwealth Games.
In London, the Jamaican team dominated the sprints with Usain Bolt successfully defending his 100-200 double and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce also defending her 100m title before adding silver medals in the 200 and 4x10m relay.
Yohan Blake took the two silver medals behind Bolt, then teamed with Bolt, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater to break the world record in the Men's 4x100m with 36.84 seconds.
Warren Weir was a bronze medallist in the Men's 200, which Jamaica swept, while Veronica Campbell Brown was the 100m bronze medallist and the Women's 4x100m team took silver in a national record 41.41 seconds behind the USA, who ran a world record 40.82, smashing the 27-year-old mark of 41.37 set by an East German squad.