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Best is yet to come, says Jamaica’s athletics boss

HAPPY MAN: Ludlow Watts

THE JAMAICAN athletics team manager, Ludlow Watts, has sounded a stark message to the rest of the track and field world.

After seeing his nation take an unprecedented gold, silver and bronze medal in the 200m at the Olympic Stadium at London 2012, Watts has suggested that the best is yet to come from the nation with three million people.

The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, added 200m gold to his individual 100m, and was followed home in the longer sprint by Yohan Blake while the bronze went to young Warren Weir who doesn’t look old enough to shave. But the boy can certainly run and did so in a time of 19.84 which is his personal best mark.

Watts, talking exclusively to the Voice of Sport just minutes after the all-Jamaican 200m victory ceremony, said: “The 200m was remarkable.
“It is the best present that the country has ever received (August 6 was Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence) and we won it in style for the whole world to see.

TRIO:(from left) 200m main men Warren Weir, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake

“The future is very bright for us in sprinting. Warren Weir is very young, but believe you me you are going to hear a lot about him.

“I would like to tell Jamaicans in the UK that in 1948 we started on this journey with Arthur Wint (Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medallist, winning the 400m) in London in 1948 and we did well and we are just continuing that journey.

“But what we are doing now is doing even better. People recognise that Jamaica is a great country and in all aspects.”

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