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Events company explore Jamaican track and field dominance

WINNER: Jamaican sprint champ Usain Bolt

AS SOME of the finest athletes in the world arrive in London for the IAAF World Athletics Championships and excitement reaches fever pitch, many fans have realised it will be a meet tinged with sadness. Those lucky enough to attend this event will witness history, as one of the greatest sprinters of all time, the incomparable Usain Bolt, will be hanging up his spikes for the last time.

But what is it about Jamaican athletes that leave their competition in their dust? Is it genetics? Is it biology? Is it environment?

This, and many other questions will be explored at Athletics Meets Science, a two-day event in London designed to explain Jamaica’s continued dominance on the track, taking place on July 29 and 30 at the Stratford branch of the University of East London.

Prominent speakers from organisations such as the University of West Indies, Jamaica Administrative Association and many more will use the two days to discuss various factors in physical performance and excellence, from dietary habits to environmental and biometric influences. Attendees can expect an extensive insight into what makes these athletes number on in their respective sports.

“Athletics meets Science” (an event produced by University of the West Indies and We Are Parable) will also feature a photo exhibition highlighting some of the key moments in Jamaica’s athletic history, allowing audiences to discover sprinting and the Caribbean go hand-in-hand and have done so for many decades.

A free screening of 2016 documentary of I am Bolt, following the star as he prepares for his final Olympics in Brazil, will also make up part of the two-day event

With topics as wide-ranging as the power of psychological mind games, to the prevention of injuries and maintaining the health of elite athletes, this one of a kind event promises to provide a comprehensive understanding and unique insight into how Jamaica has dominated the track and field world.

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