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I am so tense over 100m final, says Jamaican fan

TENSE OVER THE FINAL: Claudette Gaynor with client Marva Ricketts. Photo credit: Trudy Simpson

HAIRSTYLIST CLAUDETTE Gaynor has followed Usain Bolt since he was a skinny youth competing in the talent spotting local championships in Jamaica. Now she waits with nerves fluttering to see whether he can retain his title as 100m Olympic champion.

“(I am) very tense, very tense,” she says, hands nimbly twisting braid onto client Marva Ricketts' head.

As she plaits, Gaynor talks about a few hours earlier (on August 4) when Bolt, fellow Jamaican competitor Yohan Blake and others such as Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay ran their way into the starting line up of the 100m men's final.

HEAT: Usain Bolt yesterday (August 4) as he began his quest to keep his 100m crown. Photo credit: PA

The final takes place tonight (August 5). “I don’t think I can watch it,” she confesses.

Asked why, Gaynor explains: “Because I would love for Bolt to win but the competition seems to be a tight, tight race. That’s why I am tense. I am weighing my mind if I should watch it.”

FLAGBEARERS: Dejaun and Daquan Burrowes. Photo credit Trudy Simpson

As her nephews Dejaun and Dequan Burrowes play near her, Gaynor says she will be wearing green jeans, a yellow top and a black blazer on Jamaican Independence Day tomorrow (August 6) to celebrate Jamaica 50 and hopefully more Jamaican victories.

She adds: “…I hope, as he promised us, on Monday he will be giving Jamaica a birthday present on the podium and I hope it’s a one, two and three. Jamaica straight on the podium. Only Jamaicans.”

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