Team support boosted Ja in London, says Quarrie
(CMC) — Sprint legend Donald Quarrie says team support played a significant part in Jamaica's record medal haul at the 30th Olympiad in London.
Quarrie, regarded as one of the finest sprinters in history, applauded the athletes for the way they supported each other during the Games.
Jamaica won a record 12 medals — four gold, four silver and four bronze — eclipsing the 11 medals won four years ago in Beijing, China.
"They supported each other, even those who did not make it were available to support, cheer and were very happy when we were successful," declared Quarrie, Jamaica's technical leader at the Games.
"The team... had great support from each other... the camaraderie at the training camp was superb, the fact that we had great security helped us."
Jamaica's exploits at the Olympics included two individual gold medals from star sprinter Usain Bolt in the 100 and 200 metres, as well as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who defended her 100m title and also took silver in the Women's 200m.
Quarrie, who competed at four Olympic games, says he will continue to encourage the country's young athletes such as Warren Weir, Hansel Parchment, Shermaine Williams and Traves Smikle who represented Jamaica for the first time on the international stage.
"The young athletes who did quite well, who came here got great experience, and they are our future," said Quarrie, whose career reached a high at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal when he captured the gold in the 200m and the silver in the 100m.
"This is the beginning, now you have to get going to make a name for yourself, work harder and get ready for the next Olympic," Quarrie told Jamaica's young athletes.