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Jamaicans complete sweep of all Olympic sprint golds

Source: Xinhua | 08-21-2008 21:18

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Defending Veronica Campbell-Brown completed on Thursday evening Jamaica's sweep of all the men's and women's sprints at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica jubilates after the men's 200m final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 20, 2008. Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the title with 19.30 seconds and set a new world record. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)
Usain Bolt of Jamaica jubilates after the men's 200m final at the 
National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 
2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 20, 2008. Usain Bolt 
of Jamaica won the title with 19.30 seconds and set a new world 
record. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)

Campbell-Brown clocked her personal best in 21.74 seconds and took home the women's 200m gold. Two-time world champion Allyson Felix of the United States finished in her season's best of 21.93 seconds. Another Jamaican Kerron Stewart, who also won the women's 100m bronze, with 22.00 seconds, in Beijing, got the third in the half-lap race. Three of the eight finalists created their personal bests and one her season's best, which somewhat proved the track in the Bird's Nest is a fast one as said by many elite sprinters.

Campbell-Brown victory has fulfilled the Jamaican dream of taking all golds of the 100m and 200m sprints in both men's and women's competitions, Shelly-Ann Fraser won the women's 100m dash on Aug. 17. Usain Bolt stunned the world by winning the double sprint golds and smashing both world records.

The Jamaican sprinting fleet is now setting its goal on grabbing the sprint relays titles.


Editor:Si Qintu